Hand saw restore
Time for some finish!
I decided to try different ways to be able to see what I prefer and what will last the longest, and get the best patina in time.
Remember this ugly dugly, and the color?
Here when sanded down.
Some really nice French dye.
I decided to try and give it a color in the same family, but this time warm.
And then to apply shellac as if it was a lacquer with a brush.
The result is striking, but I am not happy for the glassy surface the shellac gave when applied this thick.
It will stay though, and in ten years or so I can sand it down and give it a thinner layer.
Another little saw sanded down.
Same dye, but also a contrast color to hide the bad shape of the handle.
Then some time in linseed oil to give the wood back its glow.
Then three thin layers of shellac that I apply with a cloth in thin layers.
This surface I really like.
Now it is the old Disstons tour.
Here all clean.
A dark dye in a warm but ‘earthy’ color.
This is what!
Then water based silk lacquer.
Hang to dry.
The new surface.
I like this surface, but it will need some time to become truly beautiful.
This one is sanded down to grid 400.
Then left in linseed oil to soak really well.
A layer of wax and that’s it!
This one is also a favorite, I sure like this silky surface and to touch the wood directly give me goose bumps.
The old saw on top just gets plenty of linseed oil (raw cold pressed) and are allowed to suck all it possible can since the wood are really dry and old.
After it seems to have gotten it old life back, and I just wipe it of with a wax cloth.
This is the end of blog four 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.