Hand saw restore
This is where the really fun part begins, and where you can use all your creativity.
SPEAR AND JACKSON
For some reason this saw refused to be trashed when it arrived as a bonus (or punishment) with some old English hand planes I bought of E-Bay. This is the E-Bay picture where it was put on display on a really sexy carpet even…
Let’s get rough!
Trying to get some sweet curves on that ugly thing.
More – and some work with a rough file.
Hard to tell it was the same saw even now yes?
Out with the rivets, these ugly bastards have to go also – brass – we want brass.
And a little help from our friends.
And this is where it all ended for Mr. Spear and Jackson.
I’m quite happy with the result except for the too thick layer of lacquer.
It’s a one Krone coin in the handle as a little token from me.
W. TYCACK SONS AND TURNER
Not as ugly but just a bit boring.
So I start gentle.
But can’t be that sweet so the band saw and I start dreaming together.
Clouds and flowers.
With a knife some deepness to the shapes.
More details with knife and files.
And this is where the travel ends for this reshaping.
Just hope Tyzack and sons are not Turning in the graves…
Personally I am really happy, not too much not too little and you can’t imagine how wonderful this saw is in the hand.
Ok this saw is a classic in itself so I had a hard time to even touch it…
But what the h… we live only once and I leave only the tracks after me that I have the courage to step.
First a really conservative little work with carving tools.
A ‘river’ to ease of the heaviness of the handle.
And some leaf shape on the handle ends.
But I’m still bored so I sand down, round and articulate the shapes and start sketching.
Yes sketching is better for this old architect, I’m freer there.
I try to find the movements in the handle, to keep it one but separate it into different movements that touch up and grip into each other.
I even get a little romantic as I go, and decide to try with some carving, don’t ask why I have to learn carving on my finest saw…
Those Stubai irons are a dream to work with they slice the wood as if it was a piece of soft cheese.
First good intentions.
More life yes?
My first attempt on a flower.
But I want more life so I give the leafs extra ends and they become almost flames I think.
Also I cut of a piece of the front of the ‘river’, this articulate the handles back meeting the front.
Again I am happy, I’m sure some will feel I did a little too much on this one, but I think you might like it better after next blog where I make finish on the handles.
Yes I will leave this one up to the imagination just to tease a little.
This has been for me a wonderful experience, to shape, to dream, to bring my personality and love into these saws, no saw no matter the budget would ever get this close to me.
I have only one advice – DO THIS!
This is the end of blog two 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.