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Blog series by GMatheson updated 05-18-2013 10:57 PM 7 parts 17766 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Disston 12" Backsaw

07-27-2012 05:48 PM by GMatheson | 2 comments »

I am always poking around this site but rarely add anything (sometimes I feel a little guilty) so I guess I should show a little of what I have been up to lately. I’ve been growing my hand tool collection over the past year but today I think I will focus on some of my saws. A while ago my wife came home from a yard sale with a Disston 12” backsaw. As you can see it was a nice looking saw for $3 but the handle looked pretty rough I took this lovely old tool into t...

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Part 2: Shurly & Dietrich 14" Backsaw

07-27-2012 06:24 PM by GMatheson | 2 comments »

Last week I went to my first auction. It was an interesting experience. They had a large selection of tools but most were power tools or socket sets (neither of what I was looking for). The main reason I went to this auction was that they were advertising lots of wood including 100bdf of rosewood. Don’t get too excited I didn’t win that lot but I did come home home with some 17” wide pine boards, 54bdf of ash and 3 sheets of cherry plywood. The ash was a whopping 20 cents...

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Part 3: Millers Falls "Langdon Acme" Mitre Box

07-27-2012 06:42 PM by GMatheson | 3 comments »

This one doesn’t have a long story. I saw an add on Kijiji for a miter box, paid the man his $25 and took it home. I haven’t had time to do any restoration to it yet but the man who owned it took good care of it. Everything is square and the 29”x4” saw is nice and sharp so I can just use it as is until I find the time to clean it up.

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Part 4: Spears & Jackson Backsaw Resto - Part 1

05-13-2013 08:47 PM by GMatheson | 4 comments »

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 ...

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Part 5: Spears & Jackson Backsaw Resto - Part 2

05-14-2013 07:04 PM by GMatheson | 6 comments »

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 ...

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Part 6: Spears & Jackson Backsaw Resto - The Final Chapter

05-14-2013 09:31 PM by GMatheson | 7 comments »

It’s all back together now. Not a lot to say here. Here are the before and after pics. Before After I hope the original owner T. Smylie would be pleased.

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Part 7: S. Biggin & Sons Backsaw

05-18-2013 10:57 PM by GMatheson | 4 comments »

Here is another 14” backsaw the wife brought home from auction. It’s an S. Biggin & Sons saw from between 1852-1856 (according to the interweb) Before After I used that concoction to clean the wood posted a while ago somewhere on the site 1 part oil1 part Murphy’s oil soap2 parts wax It did a great job cleaning the handle except on the front where it looks like the saw got too close to the fire at one point. I thought about sanding it away but ...

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