Hand Saws #8: S. Biggin & Sons Backsaw Restore

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Blog entry by Don W posted 06-29-2013 12:39 AM 2337 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: A couple more restores Part 8 of Hand Saws series Part 9: Bow Saw build »

So here is the before of the S. Biggin & Sons – Sheffield Backsaw I picked up for next to nothing. So far all I can find is its From 1852 to 1856.

So it took some handle work.

I didn’t try to match the old and new. I didn’t have any apple, and I kind of like the “I’ve been fixed better than new” look anyhow.

And after some soaking in evapo-rust, sanding and more sanding, some wire brushing and some polishing it came out like this.

I sharpened it, but its still got a little walk, so I needed to work that out. Its good now.

Its got a 5” depth of cut, 18” plate length

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 06-29-2013 03:01 AM

@Don W—If you didn’t find your split nut driver, how’d the razor blade trick work for you?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don W

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 12:31 PM

It worked Don. The only issue was I stuffed it in a piece of poplar, so it continued to sink in. It still finished the job though.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 01:41 PM

Nice save Don. Your Biggin looks bigger than mine and I’m jealous of your medallion. Very nice saw.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 03:36 PM

Sweet saw, Don! I like the finished tote quite a bit. The stark contrast in woods is very intriguing.

Good luck with the sharpening!

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

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 03:45 PM

Very nice work (once I found the e-mail that had the actual blog in it lol). Nice work on the tote repair

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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Don W

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 04:18 PM

Thanks ….. Sorry for the multiple link emails, I wasn’t aware the failed attempts to post were issuing email, but not posting the project, then about an hour later they all showed up.

Added to OP but Its got a 5” depth of cut, 18” plate length

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 06-30-2013 03:10 AM

Nicely done Don.

-- ~Tony

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#8 posted 07-02-2013 04:22 AM

As always Don, excellent job, you know your getting boring, LOL, everything you touch turns to gold. You really do have that God given talent that we all envy you; (Well I do), now that I buttered you up enough, I have a quick question.

I have some old hand saws, some bought, some given to me, some I paid for but still stold them. My question is besides eletrolisis, (probably not spelled right) what is the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get the rust off the blades of the saws? The handles I have no problem with.

Thanks, and the compliments are real.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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Don W

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#9 posted 07-02-2013 11:13 AM

Mark, thanks for the compliments,

The quickest cheapest way I would think is a course wire wheel. Get one for a motor, RAS, angle grinder, drill, whatever you have. I’ve worn out many. As for a solution, other than electroylosis, I’ve got some cytric acid on its way to try out. I’ll let you know how it works out, but many guys swear by it.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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