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Tool Restoration #2: Norvell Shapleigh Panel Saw restoration

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Blog entry by Tomcat1066 posted 02-06-2008 03:58 AM 3878 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At the same time I got my Disston D-8, I picked up this little gem. The seller on eBay saw the word Shapleigh inside the diamond logo, and recognized it for what it was. What he didn’t see was the Norvell before it. The seller felt that this was likely a Harvey Peace saw, and after some research, I have to agree. It looks an awful lot like a P-26. Unfortunately, this looks like it was made after the Disston buy-out, since the medallion simply says “Warranted Superior”. Still, it’s a cool saw. So, without further ado, here’s the before pic:

Before

As you can tell, this thing was in pretty rough shape, but not as bad as the Disston I posted about earlier. Well, it was and it wasn’t. The Disston was more discolored, but this one had more deep rust. Still, I took the mineral spirits and 320 grit sand paper to this puppy and cleaned it right up.

Here is your after shot:

After

Again, my photography skills lack severely. There looks like there is rust still on the blade from that photo, but I can assure you, it’s not there. There is still some discoloration on the blade, but I was hesitant to get to deep since there was still an etch on the blade that I wanted to preserve. The handle for this one was still in pretty darn good shape too, so there was no need to really monkey around with that either.

I did do a cleaning with mineral spirits, just a quick wipe-down really, but it perked the wood up just a notch.

Now, this saw is NOT ready for work. Besides being horribly dull, there’s some unevenness in the blade near the toe. It’s nothing a hammer wouldn’t fix, but I just haven’t had a chance to try and fix yet. Luckily, I have a great tutorial on just this kind of thing bookmarked, and I’ll be taking a closer look in the near future.

All in all, this was a nice project to do to kill an hour or so. The results were definitely worth the effort, and I’m actually eager to find another saw to restore!

-- "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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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 02-06-2008 04:43 AM

The end of the picture is cut off so I can’t tell, but is that an old electric model?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 02-06-2008 04:49 AM

Actually Todd, if you click on it the full pic opens up. I have no idea why that happens on here.

As for it being an old electric model, it’s actually an early cordless model ;)

-- "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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Dorje

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#3 posted 02-06-2008 07:29 AM

The pic thing: try using a medium sized pic if the site you’re using gives you the option…that usually does the trick (375×500 vs the 600×800 size you’re using now).

You referred to a tutorial on the getting the bend out…is it the Bob Smalser stuff? His articles are great.

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

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Martin Sojka

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 08:47 AM

Pics: max picture width in the content is 640px – most photo websites allow downsizing to this size or offer this size. I need to add this info to the “pictures & videos friendly” box ;)

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Tomcat1066

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#5 posted 02-06-2008 12:08 PM

Dorje,

That’s the one! Bob just seems like the man on this stuff, don’t he? ;)

Martin,
Thanks for the heads up on that. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind in the future!

-- "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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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 02-06-2008 04:35 PM

You’re getting to be quite an authority on these saws. I think we have another “Slippery Slope” here.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Tomcat1066

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#7 posted 02-06-2008 05:07 PM

Thanks Thos! I don’t know about becoming an authority, but I’m sure having a blast doing it. I even find myself hunting up old, nasty saws on eBay just to clean them up!

My wife wishes I’d do the same with the dishes :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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