Hand saw restore
Intro and rust removal.
Two years ago I bought an old English tool box full of old tools.
In the box lid there were two saws, a panel saw ‘Disston Canada’ and a tenon saw ‘W Tyzack Sons & Turner Sheffield’.
And when I dogged into the tools, there were also an old gentleman’s dovetail saw no makers mark just ‘made in Sheffield’.
It was here my dream of restoring some old saws started, but before this I had a long way to go with other tools.
Now two years later I also got hold of a hand full of saws and I feel confident enough to start restoring them.
A really ugly tenon saw from Spears and Jackson came with some planes I bought as a bonus…
I never really became sure if it was a bonus or a punishment.
I bought this beautiful saw from France it has been used by an old maker of frames for paintings, and judging from the screws it is an old boy.
Even it came from France it is a G. Buck Tottenham London.
Here the Tyzack showing his name and rust…
I bought four old panel saws ‘The fish’ (later known as Sandvik – Bahco) these Fish saws had belong to a Danish carpenter family for three generations so I was honored to get to give them a new chance.
Notice the second from the top, the blade has been sharpened so many times that it is probably an inch lower than when it was new. Two are with finer teeth, and two with more rough, just perfect when I will set them up later.
Ohhh yes and latest came this wonderful old Peugeot saw, yes we are talking the car maker!
This one will be a real pearl once it has been brought back to life.
Leave to work.
(Not in the bathroom if you are married).
And brush of with a fine sandpaper sponge.
Look what a wonderful color it gets – bwader…
What a difference, and I use no power.
I think it leaves enough patina so I stop here, I don’t want them to look new.
Then a good tour with superfine steel wool and WD40 so they become clean and greased to prevent new rust.
Since the one saw had been sharpened so much and I had several, I decided to shorten it down, to a little handy tool box saw.
Blade of and trying to determine where to cut it.
With a Dremmel tool I cut it over, and sanded the edge smooth.
Here a short saw.
(I’ll get back to the new brass screws later).
This is the end of blog one in this series.
Hope this blog can help some old wonderful saws come back to life, and that it might inspire others to restore and sharpen their own saws instead of buying modern crap saws.
Here you can see how to make a saw guard of wood: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/23514
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.