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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 793 days ago 3471 reads 1 time favorited 69 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There are so many outstanding saw restorations on LumberJocks, I hesitate to post my first attempt. But I have a cheap saw that has the potential to be a good user, so here goes.

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Now a third saw, a D-8 thumbhole variety….

See blog entries in posts below.
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Okay, here’s another saw for my own type of refurb. First I drilled a ‘new’ blade to match up with a keeper handle:

Now I’ll clean up / polish the nuts, strip and sand the handle, clean and oil the blade, then soak the handle in tinted BLO before pulling the parts together. Update / completion will be posted below. ==================================

The tote drew me to the saw in the first place, which was at an outdoor flea mkt area in a neighboring town. I went back a week after seeing it initially and paid the $1 asking price. Here are the as-purchased pics:

Took it apart, and the blade went into a makeshift Evaporust tank for a day or two.

Now for the tote. It’s fancy in it’s carving, and obviously well worn. Someone loved the saw, and it’s clearly an everyday user from someone’s past. Problem is a missing upper horn. I used a 1” chisel to flatten the chipped surface, and even after an initial effort there’s evidence the horn’s base was sanded over OR worn smooth by hand over the years… So the piece I add will be shaped with rasp, saw and file to something, but first and foremost needs complete contact at the glue surfaces.

The saw on the left is the donor, and a cut of it’s horn was made:

More chisel work, some sanding, paring, etc. and I have an oversized donor piece glued in place to set until I try shaping it.

More to come!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive



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lysdexic

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#1 posted 793 days ago

Looks quite encouraging. Can you tell grain direction and the relationship between donor and recipient?

Two days in ER that is quite a while. I am interested to see how the pitting turns out.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#2 posted 793 days ago

Truth? Don’t know about the grain at all. It was placement of the donor that was number one at this point… If it doesn’t hold as I’m working it, I’ll sand the original and what’s left of the donor and start iteration number two, with grain as #1… Brit told me align the grain; I’m hoping I get lucky. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#3 posted 793 days ago

Looking good Smitty. Keep us tuned in. Do you or would you want to put a dowel in your horn repair?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#4 posted 793 days ago

Thanks Dave. It’s pretty ugly right now, but I think I have enough material in the added piece to (obviously) removed the battered edge and leave a nice, clean demarc. RE: the dowel, there’s not one there in what was glued tonight. I’m putting my stock in a solid joint, one that’s strong enough to withstand the shaping I’ll be doing. If it fails, I’ll look at other options.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#5 posted 793 days ago

Great idea, Smitty, stealing a horn from another handle. Also, the other handle should be a good source of other small scraps for future restores. Looking forward to seeing how this thing turns out!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 793 days ago

Okay, couldn’t stand it. After letting the transplanted horn set for about 3 1/2 hours, I went out to see what it looked like and to start filing. Very pedestrian tools: a small rasp, some bandsaw work on the outside edge, a 3M 180 grit foam sanding block, and some 100 grit sandpaper wrapped around a dowel rod. Here’s where it is as of tonight.

So far, so good! It’s an art more than a science, figuring out where soft curves turn into hard edges. On a time-worn handle like this one, though, the pressure is pretty much off… :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#7 posted 792 days ago

That looks really good

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#8 posted 792 days ago

Starting to look a lot better.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#9 posted 792 days ago

Smitty, I think that will work.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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#10 posted 792 days ago

Wondering about getting the handle ready for finish. Is fine sandpaper pretty much the 90% solution? Don’t want to erode the carvings anymore than I have to, but stripper seems harsh.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#11 posted 792 days ago

On my D-8 I used a cabinet scraper to remove the finish, sanded to a 320, then wet sanded varnish with 400 grit w/d paper.

Over the carving a sanding block would be helpful.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#12 posted 792 days ago

I like that. Many nooks and crannies in this tote, so I thinking my mini-files will get a bit of a work out, too. Thanks.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#13 posted 792 days ago

Smitty, I just have to say it looks as if you are in fine fettle today!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 792 days ago

Thanks, Dallas!

Here’s an update, after just a bit of sanding and shaping again this evening. I’m liking the graft…

!

The whole thing with the light sanding everywhere that’s done so far. How much more sanding do I need to do?? Anyone??

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 792 days ago

Looks good to me Smitty. What about that hair crack near the bolt hole?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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