Sycamore handled RIP saw

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Project by bandit571 posted 05-04-2012 02:21 AM 1725 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a $2 Rustie of a saw. checked the Medallion. Some company called WS & M Co. Hmmm, not a Disston. It had some of the biggest, non-pruning saw, teeth i have ever seen. I COULD refurbish it into a user of a rip saw, except for the old handle. In another time, someone had re-drilled the handle, cut the blade a might shorter, and other “sins” of the saw world. Well, I could use the old handle as a pattern, and cobble a new one, out of what was left of my 4/4 Sycamore. I could save the Medallion, and the single sawbolt, but I would need two new saw bolts. Laid out the pattern, sabresawed the blank out

Then a trip over to the router table, for a rounding over

Sanded things smooth and saw a kerf for the old blade to sit in. Blade had sat awhile, and got a little rusty, again. Laid out for the bolt locations, and drilled them out, using about five different sized bits. Even a forstner bit or two. I now had a hole for ONE bolt. Installed that one nice and tight. THEN I could drill the rest of the holes, without the blade moving around on me. Still to be done? Sharpen them BIG teeth, and apply a finish to the handle. I already added a light coat of oil, to keep the rust bunny at bay. Now, I have TWO Sycamore handled saws! Cost of these handles??? $0.00

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 05-04-2012 02:31 AM

Cant wait to see what the handle looks like all polished up, as well as the new lease on life you gave the saw. This is truly a labor of love.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 01:51 AM

Nice work Bandit…. Keep it up.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 06:13 PM

first coats are on, and drying in the sunshine

I used my back porch bench as a finishing center, like that drying rack? I had a few saws out there, as some needed a “re-fresh’ of their finish

W.S. #76 and:

the Atkins Crosscut. I think even Mister Bishop would like this one:

another look at the “main two’ saws


and The Ripper!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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