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Going Galoot #6: Time to step up to the re-plate.

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Blog entry by JayT posted 05-05-2014 05:33 PM 1986 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shop’s Log: May 5 2014

Having been working on some saw cleanups, modifcations, restorations and refurbs, I was finally ready to tackle a project that has been sitting in the saw till for over a year. Last March, I picked up an 8 inch Disston at an antique shop for a very reasonable amount. I thought at the time all it was going to need was cleaned up and sharpened, but alas, it was not to be. When cleaning up the plate, I found a 1/2in long crack at the toothline.

I had hoped to maybe file past the split and then re-tooth the saw. I suppose I still could but another opportunity came up. Ron Bontz threw out an irresistible offer in an LJ post for replacement plates with teeth punched, so I decided to order up a new 3 inch deep 13ppi rip plate. The old plate was 2-1/2 inches, but I wanted a bit more depth for use with my David Barron dovetail jig.

Today, I took the saw apart and worked it over. Here is the result.

I still need to sharpen and set it, but want to practice my sharpening on a few coarser toothed saws before trying to work on a 13ppi. The re-plating process was actually very easy and I would definitely have no hesitation doing it again. If you have an old saw that needs that treatment, quit putting it off and step up to the (re)plate.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."



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#1 posted 05-05-2014 10:34 PM

Very nice

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 12:08 AM

Well done JayT

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 12:14 AM

Whoa, looks amazing.

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#4 posted 05-06-2014 01:31 AM

Looks great!

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#5 posted 05-06-2014 12:12 PM

Ya done good champ. You’ll soon get the hang of sharpening and then there’ll be no stopping you.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#6 posted 05-06-2014 12:42 PM

Lookin sweet JayT! Any adhesives used in refitting the plate into the spine or just straight friction?

-- "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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#7 posted 05-06-2014 02:16 PM

Adhesives? Sacrilege! :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 05-06-2014 03:07 PM

stef, Andy has it covered—just a friction fit. The only adhesive on the old plate was the rust holding tight :-)

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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