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I was recently given two handsaws. A later model Disston and a EC Atkins “The Five Hundred”. They were in pretty rough shape and, after I established that neither is rare or very remarkable, I tried my hand at restoring them. I think they came out pretty and it was fun doing it. Finish is BLO and paste wax. Now Im looking for someone in the San Diego area who can reset and sharpen them for me (if anyone has a contact please let me know). Here are some before and afters:

Disston

Atkins

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 02-09-2012 05:32 PM

http://thesawblog.com/

Great job restoring those saws. You could probably set the teeth judging by how nice the restoration turned out.
Thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 02-09-2012 05:46 PM

Very nice ,good job.

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hhhopks

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 05:57 PM

Beautiful saws!

Did you burn some of those? Great contrast.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 06:29 PM

Great work, what did you use to clean the saw plates?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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topspin

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#5 posted 02-09-2012 06:42 PM

Hi. What’s the source of the cross hatching on the blade of the saws? Is that from a sanding process you used?

-- Seems that talent only gets you so far... effort makes you successful.

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#6 posted 02-09-2012 07:14 PM

Ditto to Brandon’s question. I happen to have two hand saws I’m doing the exact same thing to right now! One’s a Disston just like yours and the other’s a Superior Warranted. I’ve got the handles stripped, sanded and refinished but after electrolysis on the blades, there’s no rust, but they don’t look anything like yours. Great job!!

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#7 posted 02-09-2012 07:17 PM

Wow, they look great. Very attrictive saws.

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Tokolosi

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 07:18 PM

Thank you for the compliments all.

@waho6o9: That is a great link. thank you.

@hhhopks: No I didnt burn out the chipwork. I used some folded sandpaper to clean them out as best I can. I think they darkened with the application of the BLO because I probably didnt get all the old finish off in those tiny slots.

@Brandon W: I dissasembled the saws and then sprayed them with oven cleaner. Let them sit for a good 30 minutes and then scrubbed under warm water with a nylon brush. Then I used a commercial metal cleaner and polishing compound to wipe them off (I’ll check on the name for you if you want.)

@topspin: The cross hatching on the Atkins is original. Its how it was manufactured. The Disston has no hatching. What you see is the buff marks left by my dremel buffing wheel. I used paste wax on the Disston blade. I want to take it off and use the same polishing compound I used on the Atkins. It came out so much nicer.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 07:19 PM

Great restore.

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Tokolosi

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 08:40 PM

@HokieScott: When I get home tonight I will look at what that polish compound is called and post it here.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 02-10-2012 01:56 AM

I love to see new life brought back to old tools, good job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 02-10-2012 02:17 AM

GREAT WORK!!!! These saws look great. I have some saws I could send you that would even be more fun or I could use your solution.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#13 posted 02-10-2012 12:21 PM

Great Job. Thanks for sharing.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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Tokolosi

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#14 posted 02-10-2012 03:24 PM

As requested here is the product I used to polish the Atkins blade with. After the oven cleaner and nylon brush I took fine steel wool to get all the little spots that just wouldnt budge. Then applied this stuff. Dont know when, where or why I got it but it was there so I figured I’d give it a shot. Worked like a bomb. I am actually planning to use it on some test pices of wood soon to see how it performs.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#15 posted 02-10-2012 03:36 PM

Thanks for the info!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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