Hand Saw Restoration #1: Old Rusty 8PPI crosscut saw

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Blog entry by Starfire16 posted 12-13-2014 03:39 AM 3176 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked this one up at a yard sale for $2 this past summer. I thought for $2 it would be good for getting use to using and sharpen hand tools again, and get away from all the noise of my power tools. I thought if I mess it up it is only $2. For me it is just not fun using power tools after all the years I had to use them on the job. But I still enjoy working wood. So now I am slowly replacing the Power with good “Old Fashion” hand tools. Now I can relax listen to my music as I work.

I stared off by cleaning and polishing up the blade the best I could, Then topped the teeth and resharpened with 6” Slim Tapper file. Moved on to cleaning the years of oil and grime from the tote and reshaping it to fit my hands a little better, I like the look of the old saws the had the carving on the handle, so I add my own to this my first try at doing any “artistic” carving in wood.

Happy with all that I had done to this point I stained the wood with some walnut stain I made this fall from collected black walnut hauls, and applied 4 coats of 2# cut shellack finished with a coat of past wax, I am happy with the end result and it cuts better then any ‘New Saw” I ever owned.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them ONCE! then through them out and went back to their trusted Hand Tools!

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 04:20 AM

Wow, you did a great job on that saw, the carving is perfect. Did you say you made your own walnut stain? I’d be interested in hearing more on that. Stop on by the hand saw thread, people there love to see stuff like this.

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 12:20 AM

Great refurb/restoration job. Wonderful work on the handle

There is a guy in Chesterfield County, Virginia that takes old saw, paints them with wonderful scenes and sells them on Richmond Craigslist

-- Norman

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 07:58 PM

Great worthwhile restoration….
How did You clean the blade

-- JFS.brand (woodworker) Northville, MI

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 04:38 PM

That tote looks a lot like this one:

The center bolt is a screw that only goes half way thru.

Appears to be apple wood. Any one know what it was off of?

-- Turk

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#5 posted 05-20-2016 04:50 PM

Great job on the restore and the carving on the handle. Solid looking saw.

-- "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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