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Project by Michael smith posted 02-18-2015 01:56 PM 1787 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found these tenon saws at estate sale, they were covered with rust, he wanted 4$ each. I told him it was to much so he said how about a 1$ each. For that price I’d take a chance.
I used wood magazine ( Lucas Peters Removing Rust with Electrolysis tank) after removing the handles the saws soaked for about 6 hours. When they came out rush free but tarnished ( black). Using wet 400 grit sand paper and cleaned them up. They still have some spots on them but clean enough to use. I was going to refinish the handles but the weather ( cold, cold) prevented me from finishing them. The bigger saw cuts very well both need sharping. I plan on using Paul Sellers video on sharping ( very good info) both saws!
For 2$ and half a days work it was worth it & I enjoyed it.
Mike

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chrisstef

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#1 posted 02-18-2015 02:31 PM

Be careful sliding down the slope Mike. If you haven’t seen the saw sharpening video put out by our own LJ Brit (Andy) you should give it a peek. Its 2 hours of saw sharpening goodness.

You can search for the saw talk blog series #28 or you tube search “sharpening western hand saws”.

Solid work on the restores.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 02:34 PM

Be carefully about what?.

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 02:41 PM

Slipping while going down the slope into hand tool refurbishment. It a rabbit hole, that once inside, is very difficult to get out of. Soon you will find yourself up before the newspaper gets to your box, trolling garage sales and antique malls for your next rusty find, waking up in the middle of the night after you’ve dreamt of finding that rare, illusive brass backed disston in the wild or a panther head saw laid out on a plastic card table outside of an old barn.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#4 posted 02-18-2015 02:47 PM

I’ve been doing it for years. CLEAN good looking tools even just to hang is one of my passions. Buy cheap restore use or display it doesn’t matter it is fun I had for over fifty years.
Thanks for the comment

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 03:38 PM

Great finds. Can’t beat the price.

Any indication of make and model on these?
Whatever they are, they look to be good users.
Be sure to post more pics of the complete refurbs!

-- Ed

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 04:56 PM

On the 16” saw the handle screw nut ” warranted superior” no markings on the blade.
The 12” had a partial lettering ” ? OS I or A and a R ”
I don’t know any brands I would be guessing
The 12” had a lett that could have been a bigger script J C or S I could not be sure.
Mike

-- Http://www.woodworkermike.com

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#7 posted 02-18-2015 05:26 PM

The 16” could have been made by any manufacturer, as ‘Warranted Superior’ does not denote a brand name. Disston was well known for manufacturing a lot of saws with WS medallions. Does this one show the Disston Keystone symbol in the center?

-- Ed

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#8 posted 02-18-2015 06:15 PM

I researched the web on Disston ( great web site for identifying their saws. The marking has the two stars at 3 & 9 o’clock position it has something in the center but not an Eagle . Per web from Disston their is a 50% chance it an off brand. See Disstonianinstute.com
Very close to the end it shows WS but says it could be a copy.

-- Http://www.woodworkermike.com

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