I picked this Moulson Brothers brass backed dovetail saw up off the bay quite a while back. It came to me like you see in the pic below. The spine had been removed and reinstalled backwards, it had a bit of pitting, was dull, and both bottom horns were shot.
So I pulled it all apart, cleaned and sharpened the plate, cut off the bottom portion of the handle, scabbed on a chunk of beech from an old wood bodied jack plane, bleached, shaped and dyed it to match the best I could and added a finish coat of shellac and wax.
Here’s the process pics:
Ive repaired a couple of horns previously but had never cut off a significant portion of a handle like I had to do here. It was a little bit nerve wracking but in the end im very happy with how it came out. The transtint dye made blending the colors a bit easier. I was able to sand back the color to where I thought they were acceptable because it doesn’t penetrate very deep. Ill certainly use this method of finish if ever posed with the same situation again.
Forever slipping down that slope …
-- "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