I’ve had this saw in my restore pile for a while but have been putting it off because it had split nuts and I didn’t have a screwdriver to remove them. It’s a 14” Spears & Jackson backsaw filed crosscut at 11 tpi with 3” under the back.
Recently on the Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying forum there has been talk about using aluminum foil and Autosol to clean the saw plate. Since this saw wasn’t overly rusted I thought I would give it a try – taping a line in the middle for a little before/after look.
This is the result of about 4-5 minutes of foil scrubbing.
I was impressed. I assume more scrubbing would equal more shiny.
This was when I decided to take the handle off the saw to give it the full treatment but I still didn’t have a screwdriver to remove the nuts. I dug into my toolbox and grabbed one of my older large slot screwdrivers and filed the tip so that it fit in the screws slot and then filed a groove in the middle.
Now that I have the screwdriver ready I easily took the handle off the saw.
That’s where I will leave off for today. The handle looks good. No cracks or splits. Only problem I see is that both horns are chipped which is an easy fix.
-- Greg in Ontario, Canada