Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #26: New Life for a Harvey Peace No 45 Panel Saw

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Blog entry by Brad posted 09-27-2014 03:25 PM 1947 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this Harvey Peace saw buried under a bunch of rusty ones at an estate sale.

The nib and handle lambs tongue set it apart from the others. So even though it was covered in rust…

…and caked with what appeared to be glue…

…it came home with me.

I’ve never owned or used a Harvey Peace sample before. This 8ppi specimen measures 22 inches long. Good. I can always use another panel saw.

I took a minimalist approach to my rehab, choosing to sand off decades of glue and rust while giving the handle and brass hardware a gentle cleaning.

The handle fits snugly in my small hands with little to no hang from what I can tell.

The tooth line, however, was a mess and included one broken point.

A good sharpening would fix all that. But how to use my latest acquisition? Glancing at my saw till, I spied a gap. You see, my courser rip saws leave some nasty tear out. And there have been times—a lot of times—where I would have preferred to have had neat edges. So I decided to convert this 8ppi saw from crosscut to rip.

My first impression of the Peace steel was very positive. It took well to two jointings and a sharpening.

That went a long way towards filing out the broken tooth.

So how does it cut?
This saw is sa-weet! It rips relatively quickly through birdseye maple.

And it tracks accurately…

to leave a relatively neat finish in the backside.

Overall, I’m impressed enough to recommend adding Harvey Peace saws to your till. The excellent steel, handle and fit and finish make this No. 45 a keeper. And so are the clean rip cuts I’m getting in walnut, maple and cherry.

© 2014, Brad Chittim, all rights reserved.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#1 posted 09-27-2014 04:02 PM

Looks Like an impressive restoration and super saw.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-27-2014 05:18 PM

Awesome saw. I think I’m settling on the minimal restorations for myself as well. I like to keep an old tool looking old.

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#3 posted 09-27-2014 09:39 PM

Its a keeper. Nicely done!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 09-27-2014 10:36 PM

Now that’s the right way to do a tool rehab

I have always subscribed to the “less is more” approach.

Great job, Brad

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#5 posted 09-27-2014 10:50 PM

A harvey peace in the wild is a great pick up no matter the condition. Ive got one HP, and like you, it fits my hand like a glove. You did that old saw a solid Brad!

-- "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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#6 posted 09-28-2014 11:54 AM

Great job Brad. That will now go on cutting for many more years to come. Well worth the time and effort you put into it.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-28-2014 03:37 PM

Real nice job Brad. My till is also lacking a finer point rip, so maybe a renovation is in order. Someday!

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 12:57 PM

Great job, Brad. She’s a beauty.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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