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Project by Vjer posted 02-22-2008 04:29 AM 2177 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This saw is about 40yrs old. My dad is 76 yrs old and his birthday is coming up. I am trying to finish the handle, get it sharpened, and return it to him. I need to urethane the handle and find one of the nut/bolt combo’s in the picture. If anyone might have a suggestion as to where I can find one, I would appreciate it. The new handle is made from some curly maple I had left. I am not sure what make or model the saw is.

-- My mind is like brilliant flash and then it's gone.

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#1 posted 02-22-2008 04:32 AM

Great handle. Can’t help with the screw though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-22-2008 07:19 AM

You may want to try a hardware store, look in this yellow specialty boxes, or try a saw sharpening shop.

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#3 posted 02-22-2008 11:11 AM

Nice job on the handle. I was lucky all the bits were there when I did the same thing for a friend. I soaked my handle in linseed oil to preserve it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-22-2008 12:55 PM

This is a nice restoration job. As for the replacement parts, you could check Ebay. There are always saws for auction that you can use for parts. One thought is to check the medallion in your second picture. This is normally stamped by the manufacturer.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-22-2008 01:19 PM

Great job on the new handle. You even carved it—very nice. I wish I could help on the screw.

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#6 posted 02-22-2008 02:49 PM

I have the same problem with a Craftsman saw my son bought for me when he was 6 y/o. That was like 20 years ago and the saw has seen enough use that it’s lost two of it’s screws. The Craftsman salesman was very helpful, but the closest we came to matching screws was with some cabinet bolts. They didn’t work. It’s a threading length issue with these.

My next option is to get an old junker from a garage sale and scrap it for the bolts. Buying a new saw is easier but we have sentimental issues here, don’t we. Ebay is an alright source but you’ll probably get shafted in the shipping costs. So I’m holding out for the spring garage sales. Let me know though if you find a source for these bolts. Somebody makes them somewhere!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 02-22-2008 03:40 PM

From Germany. I have done business with them and they are very efficient and very helpful.

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#8 posted 02-22-2008 03:44 PM

You’re not going to believe this, but those bolts are commonly called “Sex Bolts”.
We use them at work for a variety of purposes.

Here is a link for a product catalog that carries a large assortment of them.
Feel free to search Google for more OEMs as well.

Accurate Manufacturing Products

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#9 posted 02-22-2008 08:37 PM

What I am trying to find is one of the same period if possible. There is a saw sharpening shop not to far away from me. That might be a good place to start looking. He may just have one.

rpmurphy509: you are correct about it being a sex bolt. I have used them often also. I just wonder if that is what they were called 40yrs ago?

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#10 posted 02-22-2008 09:07 PM

You have made an excellent handle. Recently I have sent a post on repairing a saw handle and want to make a new before it breaks. I was searching for saw screws suppliers and found the following contact. They sell 10 pieces for about $1. Pl inquire with them.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 02-22-2008 10:33 PM

Yes, they are called “sex” bolts. Also, “binding posts”.

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#12 posted 02-23-2008 11:27 AM

I just had my local Ace hardware store order me up some. They are still available and in their catalog though I couldn’t find them on their online site. I’m not at home right now or I’d go out to the shop and get the catalog order # for you. Let me know if they “can’t” find the number for you. They were about 79 cents each. Good luck!

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 02-23-2008 06:58 PM

McMaster-Carr has an extensive selection of these as well as 464,999 other items.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 07-11-2008 07:21 PM

Vjer, go and look at, under hand saw parts. They have what you’re looking for, including a handle that looks just like the one you made (but without the TLC).

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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