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Blog entry by blue77 posted 01-26-2016 09:09 AM 809 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up this old, rusted, bent, beat up hand saw a few days ago. The plan is to make it my new dove tail saw. I am a novice to restoring saws and I’m pretty lousy at cutting dove tails. I’m still going to spend most of my time turning things on the lathe, so nether of those skills are going to improve rapidly. But when I need a break from the lathe this is what I’ll be doing. The pin on the handle has “Warranted Superior” on it with a picture of a lion and unicorn under a crown. With a bit of research I can say I’m pretty sure this saw was made in Britton and is around 100 years old. The first thing I’m going to do is remove the handle (This one is to badly broken to do anything with)then I’ll clean off all the rust. I’ll try to straighten the blade (it’s got a bend in it but it’s not kinked) then make a new handle. I’m going to take my time, do a lot of research and try my best to bring life back into this old saw. With all that being said this is going to be fun.



-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!



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CFrye

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#1 posted 01-26-2016 10:38 AM

You do like a challenge! Andy (Brit) has blogged several saw restorations and would be a great resource as would several other LJs. Paul Sellers did a video on straightening back saws. You could post pictures and questions over on the saw thread. Is there a split nut on the other side of the medallion? The tote (handle) may not be a lost cause. Gonna be fun to follow.

-- God bless, Candy

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blue77

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#2 posted 01-26-2016 11:40 AM

I’ll see if I can get the handle (tote, just learned something new there thanks) off without messing it up too much and see how it goes from there. Time is my friend; I’m in no rush to get this done so I’m not going to rule anything out. Thank you for the resources I will look into all of it!

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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murch

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#3 posted 01-26-2016 04:38 PM

Yep, you nailed it. Sheffield is definitely in Britton. Best of luck with the restore.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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CFrye

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#4 posted 01-26-2016 05:59 PM

TerryR blogged the making of a split nut driver from a spade bit. In that blog you’ll find a picture of the bent state you can expect the bolt to be in.
What is that in the last picture above?

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 01-26-2016 11:57 PM

Candy,
I think it’s looking down the saw at the tip. The back brace is closest to you (out of focus) and the teeth are the farthest away (in focus) ... showing the bent blade … that’s my guess.

The split nut driver needed for this old relic would need to be pretty thin, maybe an old putty knife with a notch grind, (think of a tooth missing), might work.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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CFrye

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#6 posted 01-27-2016 12:05 AM

Well, Duh! Thanks, Mike. It’s clear as day, now! I recently received some dental type picks, guess that was what I was seeing and couldn’t understand.

-- God bless, Candy

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blue77

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#7 posted 01-27-2016 06:56 AM

Thank you all for the info. I’m still in the research stage of this project, but I will keep you informed as I go.

-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!

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#8 posted 01-27-2016 02:50 PM

Wow, what a needy saw. If you can get this rusty fellow in working order, the next saws will be easier. :)

And, if you need more split nuts, I have lots to share. Free!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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