LumberJocks

Hand Saw Restoration

  • Advertise with us
Project by Justin posted 04-29-2010 11:38 PM 4368 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my grandfather’s hand saw and it’s been sitting on the rack in the basement for a while just rusting, so when my pop passed away I wanted to restore it for memories more than anything else. I am prettying sure there is not anything rare about the saw but it’s just nice to have. The old handle had a few cracks so I thought I would make a new handle out of cherry. I later then removed all the rust and removed all the kinks in the blade. In the end I am happy with the results but the saw wouldn’t hurt to have a sharpening.





31 comments so far

View Swede's profile

Swede

191 posts in 1766 days


#1 posted 04-29-2010 11:44 PM

Looks great. What brand is the saw?

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

View bigike's profile

bigike

4035 posts in 2036 days


#2 posted 04-29-2010 11:48 PM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

View Justin's profile

Justin

118 posts in 1716 days


#3 posted 04-29-2010 11:51 PM

I am not sure what brand it is because it was so rushed and i don’t think there was any etching. Is there any other way to tell what brand it is besides etching? like the stamped rivet or something?

Here is a closer look at the stamped rivet, not sure if its of any use http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/4940/1040724.jpg

View Dusty56's profile

Dusty56

11684 posts in 2435 days


#4 posted 04-30-2010 12:14 AM

Ummmmm…it says Disston on the rivet….but maybe it is just a Disston rivet and not a Disston saw …LOL
Nice job , I’m sure your Dad is smiling : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View Justin's profile

Justin

118 posts in 1716 days


#5 posted 04-30-2010 12:35 AM

I do not know much about the different brands for hand tools, so i am just wondering… Is there anything special about the Disston brand?

View Julian's profile

Julian

880 posts in 2272 days


#6 posted 04-30-2010 01:03 AM

I’ve got quite a few different disston saws and I think that the handle you replaced was itself a replacement. It doesn’t seem to have the proper angle to it. Here’s a link to the definitive website for all things Disston

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

View Justin's profile

Justin

118 posts in 1716 days


#7 posted 04-30-2010 01:15 AM

hmm by the looks of it the handle was either a replacement or the rivet was from a different saw because the saw do not look like any of the ones on the site. My pop did have another hand saw in the basement but i did not take note of the shape because it’s missing all of the rivets.

View Beginningwoodworker's profile

Beginningwoodworker

13347 posts in 2420 days


#8 posted 04-30-2010 01:49 AM

Nice saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

View Tony Strupulis's profile

Tony Strupulis

240 posts in 1870 days


#9 posted 04-30-2010 02:11 AM

I’m contemplating a similar adventure on a cross cut saw that belonged to my grandfather. What was your method to make the metal shiny?

-- Tony - http://ravensedgetoolworks.com

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile

TopamaxSurvivor

15071 posts in 2423 days


#10 posted 04-30-2010 02:19 AM

Nice job on the saw

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View Rick's profile

Rick

7307 posts in 1780 days


#11 posted 04-30-2010 02:32 AM

Justin:

You did a nice job on your Dad’s Saw and maybe that’s the most important thing here. I have a few older handsaws also, one of them is a Disston, a Back Saw.

About a year ago I did the same thing with all of them, the Handles were all okay, just stripped and refinished them and I had them all sharpened. Every once and a while I use one instead of a Power Saw. Amazing how fast we can lose “Hand Eye” coordination.

Actually I have no idea where they all came from my Dad was not a Woodworker, BUT He and his Four Brothers were born in Newfoundland.

Did you here the one about the Newfie that …...LOL….. Just pulling your Leg Justin.

Reards: Rick (Stratten …in case that last name is known to you)

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

View Justin's profile

Justin

118 posts in 1716 days


#12 posted 04-30-2010 02:45 AM

AuroraWoodworks – I just used mineral spirits and wet dry sand paper just working through the grits up to 600. I just sanded it enough to remove the rust because i wanted to keep an older look rather then a brand new saw. I then rubbed a bit of 3 in 1 oil on the blade just to keep it from rusted I later rubbed on some paste wax.

Rick S – well the saw was my grandfather’s. I am going to try to use it now and then but i think it needs to be sharpened. have you ever been to Newfoundland rick? As for the newfie jokes I actually find some of them pretty funny.

View Rick's profile

Rick

7307 posts in 1780 days


#13 posted 04-30-2010 03:20 AM

Justin: No I’ve never been there but it’s certainly on my List, but NOT in the Winter from what I see on the news all the time. My Dad used to tell me stories about Skating to and from School.

Another Coincidence …. AuroraWoodworks ….. I live in the Town of Aurora, just 30 minutes or so North Of Toronto.

Yes. You should get the saw sharpened and use it once and a while. Now and then I enjoy doing a small project entirely with Hand Tools. Cutting the Lawn Ain’t one of them!! ....LOL..

Rick

-- How long is a Minute? That depends on which side of the Bathroom Door You're On!

View Justin's profile

Justin

118 posts in 1716 days


#14 posted 04-30-2010 03:49 AM

Well the weather in Newfoundland is pretty crazy I must say. There is a saying that is pretty true “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. Even though the weather is the way it is. I would not change it for the world, i love it here.

What! you mean to tell me you don’t cut your lawn with a pair of scissors?! lol…

View mafe's profile

mafe

9670 posts in 1836 days


#15 posted 04-30-2010 10:21 AM

Nice job, sure your father would be proud.

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

showing 1 through 15 of 31 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase