The old time woodshop journals #5: An auction pick finds me an added education in handsaws

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 06-03-2012 11:20 PM 1848 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello gang, thought I would write about a cool learning experience I had in an auction pick from this morning.

One of the regular vendors has tagged me…..the saw ”Hey saw guy…I got one here..take a look”….lol. Now….here was the perfect moment for me to decline… big about this madness and say…oh no….I mean, I really need another handsaw? Well, I suppose all of you know the answer…......SURE I DO!.....LOL

This one was older looking….nice larger teeth to it..all complete with a little rip filing and this would be sweet for the till. I plunked my 3 dollars down and I was off on my voyage of further searching.

Saw the medallion….Richardson and Bros…..Newark NJ?......LOL. Well living here in NJ my ignorance had me laugh and think I had a cheepo Disston look alike but at the same time I was not completey sold that it was cheap at all… just felt weighted right…and looked of quality.

Of course we are so lucky to check all of this on the internet and this afternoon I was really interested to read about this company…they really made some nice quality tools.

Anyone that has not heard or read of this companies history here is a link you might find of interest.

I was really thrilled to learn about all of this…and I believe this saw is a pretty early 1900’s piece.

So I began to clean it up for the till and the shop and here are a few pics to take a look at what I think is a very nice saw.

If you are new to the handsaw collecting madness and just getting involved…you might also enjoy my last project…my saw till. If that is the case…here is the link for that.

Here is some fun memorabilia found on some of the web searches.

I really love this saw…..I wet sanded the blade, hand sanded down the handle and put on some Watco Dark Walnut Danish oil on it. I used Brasso Metal polish for the medallions and screws.

Look nice in my shop…and look forward to filing it and getting it working.

Ok….. back to the tool tote… Here is the blog of my latest project in progress….

Have a great evening and be well friends!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 11:41 PM

Weren’t you the least bit flattered to be known as ‘The Saw Guy’ ?
Looks good, great restoration job too. good work on the research, I’ll have to keep an eye out for saws by this manufacturer.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:21 AM

HAAAA….yes of course I was…lol. Thanks for reading and looking.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 02:16 AM

Great find! I love it when you can connect with history and the tools used way back when!!
What is a collector of saws called?
I know MAFE is a rhykenologist because he is a collector of planes

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 02:24 AM

Haaa….that’s a good question Jim….A SAWOLOGIST?.....LOL…....well lets hope Andy (Brit) logs on tomorrow, he is the man to answer that I am sure. Thanks for checking it out!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 07:34 AM

It looks like you lucked into a great saw there. From the description, it sounded like the manufacturer had put a lot of thought into the design to achieve a high quality product. I bet it will be a dream to use.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 06-05-2012 04:03 PM

Lovely saw – amazing what ifo we can find today on the web.
Thank you for the little tour.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#7 posted 06-07-2012 12:16 PM

Nice saw Joe. Congrats!

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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