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Sow's Ear to Silk Purse--Backsaw upgrade

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Project by JayT posted 02-16-2014 01:36 AM 1092 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since until today, it had been too cold to work on any projects involving glueups, I decided to take a step beyond the last saw upgrade. Started it last weekend and was able to finish up today.

Started with a rusty 14 inch backsaw from a cheap miter box combo as seen in pics 5 & 6. The woodworking part of the project was crafting a new tote from a piece of walnut. The piece chosen would make Two Face from Batman happy, as it is almost completely sapwood on one side and nearly all heartwood on the other. I think it makes a striking tote patterned after a Disston D-4.

In addition to the tote, the saw was also scoured and sanded to get rid of the rust and shallow pitting. The deeper pitting is still there, so it’s not perfect, but is sure a lot better than before. In addition, I blued the spine to have a bit more contrast (shown best in pic 4). I’ve used cold blue on guns before, but this was the first time for a tool. It came out pretty well.

Still needs sharpening, but it now looks like something that belongs in my shop and that will give more motivation to get it working. It will be sharpened 12 TPI rip for use as a carcass/small tenon saw.

Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 01:38 AM

Now that’s one sweet upgrade. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 01:47 AM

Awesome upgrade-walnut is my favorite. Looks like a different saw.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 01:58 AM

Big time improvement. Looks great.

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#4 posted 02-16-2014 02:03 AM

Wow that’s a totally different saw.

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 02:13 AM

Ditto above. Great job!

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- "Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife." - My Dad

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 02:34 AM

JayT fan-freaking-tastic!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 02:52 AM

Great job and positioning of the grain is most excellent.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#8 posted 02-16-2014 03:15 AM

Very Nice indeed Jay! Thanks For Sharing!

Rick

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#9 posted 02-16-2014 12:30 PM

Nice upgrade JayT. I like the choice of wood.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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JayT

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#10 posted 02-16-2014 05:05 PM

Thanks guys. Very many more of these and I’m going to have to invest in a handle makers’ rasp or two.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#11 posted 02-16-2014 09:15 PM

Nice work

-- Richard, North Carolina, http://graywolfwoodworks.wordpress.com/

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#12 posted 02-17-2014 04:26 PM

I have 2 back saws that would benefit from this treatment. Thanks for adding to the project list.

Nice Job!!

-- - Terry

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#13 posted 02-19-2014 12:54 PM

Not just a saw anymore.
A statement.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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