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Misc. Shop Stuff #12: Atkins 'Floral' Handsaw Refurb

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 11-30-2012 04:15 AM 4239 reads 0 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ornate carving, not seen it before. Medallion is Warranted Superior, not sure it’s original. Repairs will be done, but I’m hoping for a pic of an original. Suggestions? Thanks!

EDIT: The saw’s ID is clear, refurb steps captured below. This saw will be resurrected one way or another…

Here’s the repaired handle.

EDIT #2:

Donor blade ID’d:

Cut, drilled and fit (broken orig. alongside):

EDIT: Done, see below.

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



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#1 posted 11-30-2012 04:17 AM

Wow, what a beautiful handle, Smitty. Are you hoping to salvage that one, or use it as a model for a new one? Sorry, I don’t have anything constructive to offer by way of identification.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 04:19 AM

I intend to repair! I like it alot, the unusual caught my eye. Thanks!

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

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 04:25 AM

May have found it on etsy…

Search for ‘floral’ handsaw found this description:

“saw was made by the E. C. Atkins Co. of Indianapolis, Indiana, in the late 1800’s. The rosewood or applewood handle has beautiful floral carvings. The blade measures just over 18”

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 04:31 AM

Good handle picture from ebay listing…

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

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 04:50 AM

Hmmm, close. Yours MIGHT be a later edition. Note the heel of the plate, these two have a cure to them, while yours is dead-ass straight down. I’d say first ebay pix would the “Type #1” second pix would be a “Type #2” and yours MIGHT be a “Type #3”. Note the carvings, as well. One seems to be carved in, the other two seem raised up. (shadows, maybe?) I do know that some companies pressed a pattern onto the tote. Stanley ones went into the wood, ala the Keystone brand. Yours being a WS, might have been “pressed” into service.

Otherwise, looks like a match to me…

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 05:15 AM

A WS saw, full size at 26” long, on the left. Tote look close. Cleaned up into an Atkins saw

My “other” Atkins saw ( the one I kept for the shop) plate went right down to a sharp point. Was sharpened so many times, by several people, that there wasn’t much left. Wound up cutting about 3-4” off the toe, now its a good “toolbox saw”.

Now, IF you should see this guy about and about ( WS &M 28” long) let me know, I sold this little guy for about $30 last summer, after buying it for a buck….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 08:41 AM

I hope you repair it, I would be very interested to see how you could make good with so many cracks and much of the original handle missing.

Good luck with it Smitty

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 02:43 PM

Hi Smitty,
How does this compare? I got this over the summer. Still need to clean it up.

If you want somle measurements let me know. I’m still trying to decide if the handle carving is a carving or stamped in. It looks stamped to me.
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#9 posted 12-01-2012 02:59 PM

Jim, that is a BEAUTY! Thanks for the pic, it’ll help me shape the upper horn on my refurb (such that it is).

FWIW, I think it’s stamped, too.

Mine’s missing an original medallion, unfortunately. I have a 26” blade to retrofit to the finished handle, and that’s what text I’ve seen says the saw shipped with.

Thanks again!

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

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#10 posted 12-01-2012 03:34 PM

Smitty…. Would you like me to trace the handle for you, or photograph with a rule so you can scale it?
Jim

-- Jim, Long Island, NY Ancorayachtservice.com home of the chain leg vise

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 03:44 PM

I’m close…. (!)

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 03:46 PM

I can’t believe how much better it looks already. I wasn’t sure it was salvageable, but you’ve made me a believer.

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#13 posted 12-01-2012 03:50 PM

Tools of the trade…

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#14 posted 12-01-2012 04:08 PM

Progress. Time for breakfast…

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

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#15 posted 12-01-2012 06:13 PM

Need to fix the piece missing at the medallion, but the horn is looking good at this point.

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

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