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My Toys #5: Spears & Jackson Backsaw Resto - Part 2

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Blog entry by GMatheson posted 05-14-2013 07:04 PM 898 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So since I left off yesterday I have polished the plate some more with the Autosol/foil and it’s starting to shine.

Nice reflection but now the handle needs some attention. Both horns were chipped but not very bad. The bigger problem was that my hand was too big to hold it comfortably so I clamped the handle in the vise and hit it with some rasps to open it up a bit (continually checking the fit). By the time it was the perfect size the chips on the horns were gone but the rest of the finish needed to be sanded off. I took it down to mostly bare wood leaving a lot of the age intact then hit it with a few coats of danish oil.

Now the handle matches the plate nicely I think. Then I took my letter stamps out of the drawer and added my initials and year to the handle just to add a little history for whoever has this saw in another hundred years.

Now I have to turn my attention to cleaning the split nuts and reassembling the saw.

Then I will have another one ready and waiting for Andy’s sharpening video.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 05-14-2013 07:06 PM

Nice touch on the stamp Greg. Ive been starting to stamp a few of mine as well for the same purpose. That autosol does a pretty nice job I must say. Ill be giving it a run soon myself.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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GMatheson

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#2 posted 05-14-2013 07:12 PM

It does work pretty good but the part I really like is that it doesn’t make a big mess like wet sanding. I’m wondering how it would work if I chucked some foil into my drill somehow and made myself a little buffer out of it.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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chrisstef

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#3 posted 05-14-2013 07:19 PM

Now youre thinkin! The sloppy mess from wet sanding does suck that’s for sure. Are the darker spots on the plate a little bit pitted? Im just wondering how the autosol and tin foil does on those “tough” spots.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 05-14-2013 07:56 PM

I wonder if you hit it with a wire brush first to get the pitting, then did the autosol.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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GMatheson

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 09:07 PM

Some of the darker spots are pitting and others are just stains that didn’t buff out

The wire brush might be a good idea Don. I’ll give it a try on the next one.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#6 posted 05-14-2013 09:35 PM

The finished saw is posted now

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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