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The Tool Gathering Odessy #8: I'm cleaning up!

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 01-26-2008 08:06 PM 723 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: A Setback Part 8 of The Tool Gathering Odessy series Part 9: Yet Another Plane »

So. As of last night, I’m the proud owner of a #60 1/2 type block plane. I say type because instead of it saying Stanley, it says Norvell Shapleigh & Co. that dates it to around 1912 or so. But the pride of the weekend is my back saw. You remember this ugly and beat up thing, right?

Back Saw before

Well, it wasn’t pretty. I honestly have no idea what possessed me to even by that ugly thing. It’s really pretty scary, isn’t it. Well, I spent some quality time last weekend learning how NOT to clean up a saw, but then some time today produced this:

Back Saw After

Now, I can see areas I should have hit better. I had to sand most of the handle, then applied BLO to it. I didn’t do that good a job under the handle, as you can see in this picture, but still…it was only my first saw rehab, so I’m pretty happy with it all in all.

I’m about 1/3 of the way finished with the Disston D-8, but had to take a bit of a break due to a blister on the thumb of all things. Don’t worry campers, I’ll probably finish with the Disston this weekend, and will try to get the Diamond Edge saw done as well. Here’s hoping anyways!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!



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ChicoWoodnut

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 08:49 PM

I think that’s pretty sweet. I love old saws!

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 09:08 PM

Thanks Scott! I’m pretty proud of it all in all. The blade on my Disston didn’t get as clean as that one for some reason, but that’s OK. It’s a much older saw (the one above is probably no earlier than the 1940’s while the Disston is no later than 1917. I guess I just have to expect that with older saws ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 10:39 PM

I think it’s amazing that you can still find saws that are that old and still have etch, aren’t kinked and have beautiful handles. It gets to be addicting.

Here are a few of mine

Click on the thumbnails to see bigger images.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 10:48 PM

Quite a transformation.

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 10:50 PM

Scott,

You’ve definitely got some nice saws there. I really liked that Spear & Jackson Tenon saw of yours. Very nice!

Rikkor,

Thanks! I’m pretty proud of it!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Eric

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 11:33 PM

So, how does it cut?

-- Eric

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Tomcat1066

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 11:44 PM

Unfortunately, not that great. I knew it was dull when I bought it, so now I have to learn how to sharped it. Still, it’s something I wanted to learn from the get-go, so now I need a saw vise, saw set (picked it out already), and the proper files, and POOF! I’ll be able to get them sharp enough to cut melted butter! ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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Eric

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#8 posted 01-27-2008 03:57 AM

I’d love to get one or two nice [old] saws one day. Fortunately they seem pretty cheap on eBay!

-- Eric at http://adventuresinwoodworking.com

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#9 posted 01-27-2008 08:29 AM

Looks good! Now for the sharpening!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Tomcat1066

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#10 posted 01-27-2008 01:10 PM

Eric,

They really are cheap, all in all. I got my Disston and my Diadmond Edge for a total of $16.00 and I might have over paid. I think I got this one for $8.00 as well. I’m not sure how easily you could get them in your locale though. Still, if you can get them, get them. I’m already addicted :D

Dorje,

Thanks :D

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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