|Project by Dan||posted 12-15-2010 08:26 AM||4705 views||7 times favorited||29 comments|
Last week I picked up a big tub of old tools at a local auction for 17 dollars. This saw was one of the many great finds in that bin. I posted it on the forum and asked you guys if it was something I should restore or not. I really didn’t and still don’t know a whole lot about hand saws.. The responses I got were to restore it so here it is. Possibly a late 1800’s Henry Disston & Sons back saw completely restored.
Not nearly as time consuming as it is for me to restore a hand plane but it did take me a good 5 hours spread out over a few days.. I started out by removing the blade and soaking it over night in EvapoRust. The following day I removed the blade from the EvapoRust and began to scrub, sand, polish and buff. I did all of this by hand as its my personal preference. The brass elements were all sanded with a very fine grit sanding bar and then hand polished with a brass polish that I got from the local store. I then soaked the handle with degrease solution and scrubbed it with one of them green pads. Once it dried I only lightly sanded it and then refinished with a few coats of Shellac. I didn’t want the handle to look brand new as i didn’t want to take away the character of the saws age. After the Shellac dried I rubbed it down with some fine grit steel wool to get rid some of the shine of the new finish.
I get so much joy out of taking what most would call junk and turning it into something beautiful. Just some rags, cleaners and sandpaper is all I was armed with. You just have to take the time… Its well worth it.
My local sharpening place can sharpen the saw for 11 dollars so I am going to have them sharpen it for me. I don’t want to attempt it myself. They are a very reputable place and I trust them a lot more then I do me.
Thanks for looking
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"