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Sodabowski’s revenge.
A gift from a French LJ friend.


A strange pack arrives with the postman…
I didn’t order any keyboard…
Was expecting a book…
From UK…


Ok it was not a book…
What the ‘hack’ is this?
Ahhh yes, it is Sodabowski’s revenge!!!
Some time ago I gave our LJ buddy a challenge – I bought to him a old, really tired and rusty hand plane, because I knew he did not have one, the challenge was that he needed to fix it, and in this way become familiar with the plane, and how to tune a Stanley type hand plane (You can see it here: http://lumberjocks.com/Sodabowski/blog/23584 ).
And so this hacksaw is his favor returned, the boomerang just got me.
But I like a challenge Thomas so I’m in.

Sodabowski have a soft spot for Bakelite and this must be the reason for him to have chosen this saw since the handle is Bakelite – or perhaps it was simply the most rusty thing he could find on the web…
Please notice how elegant the handle is attached, and the wonderful finish on this handle…

I guess I have to let the blade go.

So the show must go on.
Rust remover.

Just wonderful…

After 20 minutes the result is quite impressive.
But still some rust to remove.

After second round the result is impressive.

And some trims.
(It was partly broken, so I cut of the not needed and make it a fixed size frame after).

Then I use a nylon wheel to touch it up.

Left part after the nylon wheel.
Right part after a extra tour with a polish past on a cotton wheel.

Nice heavy metal…
But what about that handle…

First the surfaces need to be flat, they were cut with a handsaw before and looked awful…
So I give them a spin on the disc sander, and as usually sand of some of my skin.

Now flat.

I mark the shape of the frame on to the two side shells.

What is now this?

MaFe goes milling…
Yes for this job I need to learn to use my EMCO UNIMAT 3 for some milling so the saw frame can fit into the handle.
It is great fun, and since I never tried to mill before, I learn a new thing here – yabadabadooo.

This is the result, a fine milled out space for the metal frame.

This setup is better – learning by doing.

Epoxy, two brass alignment pins and clamps – plenty of clamps.
Now the handle comes together.

And when dry I thread a hole in the end of the handle so a threaded brass rod can be fitted in.

The alignment pins are cut of app 2mm from the side, and then I tap then in with a hammer, to make them hold the sides together. (I made the holes taper to secure a firm hold).

Epoxy the threaded rod in, and filling the extra size of the hole with epoxy.
That’s why it’s such a mess.

Epoxy is dry, so time to get that handle back in shape.
First the sides are sanded down on my disc sander.

Then shaping; first with a file and then with different sanding wheels.

And polishing with compounds.

DAM!!!
I just discover that the saw is a short version, that will not fit my blades…
Ok I admit this I should have checked first!
But lucky me – It is just possible.

So drilling a maximum hole and hammer in a pin.

Yes now my workshop is back to being not a wood shop again…
Silver solder, and a burner, in this way it should become strong enough.
(I guess I would be lost in the work shop of Schwarz, I need way more tools than he describe in that book, and he don’t even have a hacksaw – lol).

Pin a silver.

And another pin.

Front end.

Back end.

I did it Sodabowski !!!
Laugh.
I hope you are pleased, I spend about eight hours on this guy, choose to keep the handle out of respect for you, and the shape of the handle out of respect for the guy that made it, the shine and the polish is for me.
I have no doubt what will be my favorite hacksaw now.
Thank you for the gift.
Now I will sit back in the chair and wait to see your post on your hand plane, I think I have earned it.



Hope this blog can bring some inspiration to others, that it can show that what might seem as trash to some can be a jewel to others.


Best thoughts,

Mads

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



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chrisstef

10706 posts in 1642 days


#1 posted 1095 days ago

once again the mad scientist comes through! .. well done Mads.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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mafe

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#2 posted 1095 days ago

And got to use his tools!
Thank you.

What do you all think – should I punish Sodabowski or give him a buddy hug?
And who do you think should pay the next beer in Paris?

Big smile,
Mads

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

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blackcherry

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#3 posted 1095 days ago

A true 2nd chance in life, great work on both parts Sodabowski and Mafe. Thanks guys for sharing and working these vintage tools…BC

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daltxguy

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#4 posted 1095 days ago

He should definitely be buying the next beer.
I’m not sure if it should have been saved, but it is a nice restoration anyway and a great challenge.
Maybe now you can put on a nice wooden handle that it deserves ( though I suppose the bakelite is also historical and we should not be looking to change everything about our past)
Nicely done. Though it’s not likely I would spend the effort to restore a hacksaw, the techniques you showed are all applicable to any restoration. Thanks for letting us watch over your shoulder.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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wasmithee

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#5 posted 1095 days ago

Well done.

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Eric_S

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#6 posted 1095 days ago

nicely done mafe. What kind of drill press is that you have there over the lathe? I can’t tell if its a mortiser or a homemade drill press or something new i’ve never seen before like a few of your cool tools.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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Don W

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#7 posted 1095 days ago

Mads, we should call you the tool Resurrection specialist.

I think you should give sodabowski a big buddy hug (with a nicely formed piece of almost recognizable rust behind your back)

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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ShopTinker

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#8 posted 1095 days ago

That was another amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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ratchet

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#9 posted 1095 days ago

OMG…thats funny.
Nice restoration on a not so restorable HS.
Sodabowski might just spray paint the entire plane flat black and take a pic.

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1095 days ago

this gift I cuold understand if it was your birthday , you wuolden had a look at
the other gift or talking to peoplle other than have said continue the party
while I take care of this ….......LOL
its a great looking hacksaw you got there Mads. congrat´s with the restoring :-)
looking forward to hear about how it is to use compared with the typic low handled
as usual a Great blog from you

take care
Dennis

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SASmith

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#11 posted 1095 days ago

Nice blog Mads. You really gave this saw some love and attention.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Bertha

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#12 posted 1095 days ago

The revenge is yours! Awesome restore.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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sras

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#13 posted 1095 days ago

Nice restoration! The story was fun to follow as well.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Brit

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#14 posted 1095 days ago

I bet Thomas is feeling a bit hacked off now. Nice restore Mads, I also love a bit of Bakelite. Glad you’re putting that Hammerite to good use.

C’mon then Thomas, show Mads what you’re made of. Bring that plane back to life. :-)

Psst! – Slip me £20 and I’ll do it for you. Nobody need know. It will be our little secret. LOL

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

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Sodabowski

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#15 posted 1095 days ago

Hey dude waw, you made it waaaaay faster than me (I’m still at the “bathing in WD40” stage for the plane… an it’s at the parents’ place!). Awesome :D
And nope, this wasn’t the most rusted thing on the planet, otherwise I’d have bought a piece of the Titanic ;)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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