The Slippery Slope #20: Moulson Brothers Dovetail Saw Rehab

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 07-18-2014 01:16 PM 2829 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 …

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 07-18-2014 01:25 PM

Nice job Stef! Sure do like that brass back!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 07-18-2014 01:27 PM

Good job bud. Looks great.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 07-18-2014 01:37 PM

You really did a good job blending the tote shapes together. Nice looking saw.

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#4 posted 07-18-2014 02:50 PM

Great job, Stef.
+1to transtint.
That’s a lovely DT saw!

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

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#5 posted 07-18-2014 03:06 PM

Very good save Stef. How does it cut? Is it comfy?

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#6 posted 07-18-2014 03:13 PM

Thanks guys.

Brad – it cut very well in the softwood test I gave it. Havent given it a run in anything real hard yet though. As to the comfort, its the most comfortable one I own. Being able to shape the bottom of the handle I was able to shorten it up a little bit to really fit my hand. I find some Disstons to be just a tad too big for my hand. I can almost just let it hang right off my hand without completely gripping it. She’s a keepah.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#7 posted 07-18-2014 03:13 PM

Very nice save!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 07-18-2014 03:29 PM

Nicely done sir.

Really nice.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 07-18-2014 04:16 PM

Nice restoration.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#10 posted 07-18-2014 10:54 PM

If you’re not careful, Stef, people are going to start calling you doctor….saw doctor that is. ;-)

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#11 posted 07-18-2014 11:00 PM

Lol bob. I might be doing my residency but im far from Dr. Summerfield. They say its an 8 year required amount of schooling.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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