|Project by Dadoo||posted 02-08-2008 08:36 PM||3544 views||2 times favorited||26 comments|
Stepson found this while cleaning out an old barn that was being used as a dumpster by the owners! Anyhow, the owner said to keep it. It was in bad shape. Covered in rust and you couldn’t tell if the handles were wood for all the dirt and grease. So I brought it to the lab and began the restorative process. Now, I’m not going far in restoring this just yet, because it is a “working tool” in my shop. When the day comes that I want to display it, then it will be totally restored. But I really like the way it turned out and how nice the handles glow! They are finished with Formby’s High gloss Tung Oil. (There’s a varnish mixed in). The blade was rusted to the frog, which had rusted to the base. Had to soak it in warmed oil for a couple days until it broke free. Some wire brushing and oil sanding greatly helped the sole. I left the Jappanning alone on the advice of some of our jocks here. The blade definately needs replaced. The edge was gone of course and is not square with the blade. As a matter of fact, it was like 10 degrees off meaning the previous owner had probably clamped it in the bench vise and sharpened it with a file, with emphasis from his strong right arm! Anyhow, I brought it to a 90 degree square and honed it for an hour or so. After a little tweaking, it’s cutting beautifully. Yes, those shavings are paper thin. I think I’ll replace the blade with one from Hock if I can find a match. Then look into buying one of those blade sharpening systems we see around here! Oh! I Googled “Sargent 714” and have found many dealers wanting to sell this same model for $200.00 or more! So I guess we have a keeper here huh?
-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!