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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 04-12-2016 01:46 PM 692 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The 2016 rust hunting season is finally upon us.

My favorite time of the year.

This past weekend, my ever –vigilant eye spotted the familiar bright green signs leading to one of the most anticipated annual yard sales of the year – the tool guy!

Since my hand tool want-list is getting rather short and I am a bit more selective about the items I pick up at yard sales, this week’s haul was quite modest, but cool nonetheless.

The main attraction is a very serviceable stair saw, a tool for which I’ve been searching far and wide, and one that is rarely seen at yard sales. The blade on this one is still very sharp, it likely saw minimal use by its previous owners. A little TLC and a finish on the wood handle will make this a welcome addition to the handsawgeek hand tool kit.

Also picked up were a small flex-shaft screwdriver, a small divider, and a nice Osborn lathe turning caliper.

Oh, and a rubber worm thrown in as a freebie.

The mystery of the rubber worm will be revealed in next week’s post….

-- Ed



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Paul Bucalo

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 02:09 PM

Man-o-man, that stair saw had me researching and watching videos to see how it was used. A nice find.

Since getting a lathe and having made my first turning (I posted the results in my projects section), a set of various calipers is high on the list of tools to get real soon. Yours looks hardly used.

I’m wondering if I should ask for a rubber worm the next time I see a deal…

Go make some dadoes. ;)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 02:47 PM

good find

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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handsawgeek

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 03:00 PM

The stair saw is a rather timely find…I now have a useful tool with which to cut the dadoes in the Gerber hardware shelf unit, a project that is long overdue in getting completed. I also need to find a router plane. If I can’t locate one, I’ll build a temporary crude shop-built version per Paul Sellers’ video. (Essentially a chisel mounted in a piece of 2×4).

-- Ed

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 09:39 PM

What Paul Bucalo said. Except, instead of spending even more time at my computer today (almost three hours, so far), I’ll just ask. What’s it for? A picture of it in use would suffice.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 11:39 PM

Nice find, Ed! I’ve never seen a stair saw ‘in the wild’. Mark, you can see one in action in the first few seconds of this video.
http://youtu.be/zJavA41bmro

-- God bless, Candy

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handsawgeek

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 01:38 PM

Hey, Candi, Thanks for digging up the video. That pretty much explains a stair saw.

I’ve started the process of restoring the one I bought. It definitely needs to be completely refinished. Went to the BORG last night and bought some 10-24 wing nuts because the tool was missing one of the originals. I kind of wince at putting modern zinc- coated crap hardware on a vintage tool, but I’m stuck at the moment if I want to have matching wing nuts. I likely will be chemically doing away with the shiny zinc coating to make the hardware at least look a bit older.

Also, I may take a cue from the video and attach some brass strips along the sides of the saw handle for reinforcement.

I only spent $2 on this tool, so I’m not afraid to make some modifications to it to enhance its appearance and functionality.

From material that I have read, contrary to the video, the saw supposedly works best when set up for a push stroke. The front knob on the handle is intended to be lightly held by the fingertips only as a guide. Setting the tool up on the pull stroke would work best, however, for stopped dadoes.

I’m very stoked about getting this unique tool prettied up and put to use. I’ll definitely post some pix in a future blog post.

-- Ed

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CFrye

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#7 posted 04-13-2016 03:02 PM

Welcome! I’m afraid Mark may still be watching videos.

I likely will be chemically doing away with the shiny zinc coating to make the hardware at least look a bit older.

I’d be interested in the process doing this, Ed.

As far as using it on the push or pull…Shannon is a lefty. They are … different, ya know. ;-)

-- God bless, Candy

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handsawgeek

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 06:00 PM

Whadya know… I’m a leftie, too!

Really hard finding screwdrivers and hammers built for lefties…..

As for removing the zinc, a simple vinegar soak will suffice for parts as small as these. Zinc dissolves in any kind of acid. It will only take longer with vinegar. The standard practicefor zinc removal is to use a muriatic acid (diluted hydrochloric acid) bath, but this requires a well ventilated area and lots of extra safety precautions.

As an aside, I always use a vinegar bath to remove rust from old tools. Usually does a pretty fine job, but it does leave the underlying steel a dull grey color that has to be buffed and polished to make it shiny again. I’ve been wanting to get around to trying electrolysis to remove rust, but haven’t tried that yet.

-- Ed

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CFrye

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#9 posted 04-13-2016 08:06 PM


As far as using it on the push or pull…Shannon is a lefty. They are … different, ya know. ;-)

- CFrye


Whadya know… I m a leftie, too!

Really hard finding screwdrivers and hammers built for lefties…..

- handsawgeek


Case in point. LOL My son is a lefty, as well.. Prime example!
Vinegar, huh. I’ll have to remember that next time I need to remove zinc.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 04:38 PM

I like the saw, I might try making one of those! As I am a Leftie to, definitely a LH one…lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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