- Then I started cleaning it up. I couldn’t have him holding a dirty saw, he might catch something.
- Then I started refinishing the handle. I couldn’t have him using a rough and ragged handle.
- Then I sharpened the saw. I couldn’t have him using a dull saw … dull tools are more dangerous than sharp ones.
- Then I started researching the saw and the company history. I couldn’t have him thinking I didn’t know anything. Atkins saws are not as well documented as Disstons.
So in the end, this is what I …err…. HE ended up with:
An Atkins 53 configured for fine rip cuts. (probably pre-war)
If you are interested in more Atkins Saw Info or the process I followed for this saw makeover, you can find way too much info here. Atkins 53 Saw restore
And if anyone knows more about how to determine the age of an Atkins Saw, I’d be interested in what you know.
-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com