|Project by jcontract||posted 02-27-2010 01:17 AM||2550 views||4 times favorited||17 comments|
I’m headed to the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop next weekend to take a class on Handcut Dovetails. The first day, we practice saw sharpening. So, rather than practice on one of the “good” saws, I found an old Disston that was in need of some serious help. I figured what’s the worse that can happen.
Really rusty for sure, but surprisingly the handle is in good shape, and the saw plate is straight as well. I might just be able to get a working saw out of this one. That’s a bonus since all I really wanted to do was bring it to the class to practice.
The techinque used for cleaning the saw plate was really very simple. Just some automotive wet-dry sandpaper with some WD40 as a lubricant. With a little elbow grease, the saw plate came clean. Astonishingly, as rusted as this saw is, there is noticeable staining, but no pitting!
I sanded the handle, hit it with a light coat of wipe on poly, and then dyed the handle with a cherry finish. I added 2 coats of Bison Clear wax as a protectant, and she’s ready to go. What do you think ? Not too bad for a first attempt?
I’ll post pictures of the toothline after I learn how to sharpen. I took this saw to Joel Moskowitz of Tools for Working Wood and his exact words were “that saw is going to need a lot of work”. I’m game!