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Project by WistysWoodWorkingWonders posted 1468 days ago 3106 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,
This isn’t totally a woodworking project but a combination of woodworking and some restoration work on an old wood saw… I acquired the saw from my Dad a few years ago and it has been hanging in my storage shed since then…
Last week I decided to tackle getting the rust off it and painting it black. I have to say, it looks great all black…
I turned a quick handle out of maple and drove it home with a hammer just to add to the authentic look of the saw. The other handle was missing when I rec’d the saw so I left it without… makes a great display in a woodworking shop…

This type of saw was used a long time ago to fall trees and would take two guys to work it… just thought I would add the historical side of it.. I tried to add a close up of the teeth so you can see how aggressive they are. This saw is roughly 7 feet long and weighs about 35 pounds…

Hope you all like it…

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)





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donjoe

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#1 posted 1468 days ago

Very nice restore. After pulling and pushing one of these all day you should’nt need any of the new diet fads.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 1468 days ago

Nice restoration. That saw has some good teeth on it for some serious cutting a good chip removal. I also have one from my dad hanging in the garage. When I was about 15, he and I cut down the elm tree in front of the house with it. It went through it surprizingly fast but it is a lot of work using it. Treasure things like that from your dad .

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#3 posted 1467 days ago

donjoe, I think that I would prefer this type of exercise some days… lol That is also the reason for the hot tub just outside my shop too…

Jim, thanks for the story… would love to try this saw out, but after spending the weekend getting it scraped down and painted, I think I’ll leave it as a display on the wall… I have another one kicking around (a one man version) and may give that a try (when I find it again). I will certainly treasure this from Dad as he is getting a little older and may not be with us too much longer… We are all hoping he’ll get past 100, but don’t we all wish that?

tom1, I do wish I spent a little more time grinding this guy down… my back up option was to sandblast or scrape it down to a smooth metal and perhaps have it chromed… I think that would look great too… maybe on the second saw I’ll give that a try… There was a great amount of pitting on this one.
Good luck with yours and please, post some pics when you get it done up… I am sure we would all like to see this…
It is always great to see some historical pieces coming back into the shops to show off part of our woodworking heritage…

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#4 posted 1467 days ago

wow Tom, that looks great.. what are your plans with it? full restoration? something to hang on the wall?
Best of luck with it… I am sure it will turn out great… can’t wait to find more of these treasures and do them up… I think they look great on the wall and remind us of the way it was….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 1456 days ago

looks great but a shame you didn´t rehab it to be a user
it´s qeit fun to work two men, cutting logs with it
and surprisingly fast
thank´s for sharing

Dennis

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#6 posted 1454 days ago

Would have done that Dennis, however, one end was missing the handle so it would have been a bit tough to use going solo… Also, I was looking for more of a display piece with this to enhance my shop…
someday I would like to try using one of these bad boys just for kicks…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 1425 days ago

I was showing some new fellows how to use one of these a long time ago:-) and they were struggling with it so I dropped some oil along the blade and they just made it sing …haven’t used one in over twenty years though.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1425 days ago

It looks super

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#9 posted 1316 days ago

Thanks guys…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Napoleon

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#10 posted 1224 days ago

A wonderfull saw, bet it can make some real BIG dovetails :D

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#11 posted 1223 days ago

Charliel,

That is a great looking setup you have in your shop. I would love to get my hands on some of those massive blades. For something like that I would take the time to just clean and wax them. Great job!

Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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dbray45

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#12 posted 1223 days ago

I used one when I was a kid with a neighbor (he owned the saw and it was his trees). If it is sharp, they will make short work of a tree. I recently read a piece on sharpening these saws, if you are interested, I will try to find the piece and let you know.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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