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Defining saw handles #2: Finishing redefined saw handles

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Blog entry by Paul Sellers posted 06-03-2011 09:07 AM 3857 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Treating the handle.

Here is my finished saw handle with reshape, wheat carving and applied shellac and wax finish.

I like to apply finish to my handles and shellac works well as both a sealer and coat build-up. I apply three coats.

I sanded the whole handle to 240-grit.

Spirit dyes work well for any colouring operations and I like this oak stain by Liberon. Minwax (US) would work too I suppose. The saw immediately looks old which of course it is.
A rag works fine for this as it’s a wipe on wipe off dye. The colour radiates through the dye and, unlike stain, doesn’t obliterate the grain as you can see.

I use an artists 1” ‘hake’ brush for all my varnish and shellac finishing. It leaves a flawless finish with no brush marks. Applying shellac by brush means you can build the coats up quickly but still allow good drying time between coats. I think an hour between coats will work fine.

Steel wool, super-fine or 0000, will cut the surface to smooth evenness. Try not to cut through the coats on the corners and high spots. This pic below is without paste wax filling the cuts.

I applied a coat of paste wax and buffed for the final coat.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog



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racerglen

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 01:05 PM

Very nicely done ! And a good tutorial as well. Thanks

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Paul Sellers

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 10:25 PM

I sharpened this saw for a progressive rip and now it cuts more smoothly than the best saw I ever used included all the very best North American makers. I ripped a 1” thick strip of Corsicana pine 1/16” thick, 18” long, the kerf was a fraction over 1/32”, and there was barely any surface variance. So, now the saw is finished, I will use it every day to keep it in tip top condition and let the using of it improve the surfaces of the plate as an ongoing refinement.

Enjoyed it folks. Go refine ‘em and make ‘em your own.

-- Paul Sellers, UK http://paulsellers.com/paul-sellers-blog

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mafe

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#3 posted 06-16-2011 12:02 PM

Hi Paul,
I missed this blog, and this was really ironic since I do exactly thids now!


Have just been working on some saws as you know, and I tried different finishes.
I will blog the tour soon, thank you for your inspiration.
Now what I really miss is a sharpening blog!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#4 posted 06-16-2011 12:04 PM

I have to show you the handle of a wonderful old Peugeot saw I just got, this will be the last of the bunch.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 11:35 AM

Peugeot made everything.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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