Hi everyone, welcome to terryR’s Rusty Saw Blog Series. Here I hope to document my efforts with these old pieces of history and pass on as many tips as possible…chances are you LJ’s will continue to teach me more than I know…
I’ve always had a fondness for rusty, old tools…probably because I grew up in the countryside where old agricultural equipment is used for yard décor. I never saw the old tools as worthless…just sitting in wait. Then after reading a few blogs here on restoring these old saws, I was very intrigued about trying the process.
What really did me in was my beginner’s restoration of this 1932-1939 Disston No. 4 back saw:
I had to use the Dremel to remove an old set of initials carved into the saw’s back, then sand forever to remove those tool marks. I also sanded the saw’s plate quite a bit to remove rust and as much pitting as I could, but this one was in pretty bad shape to start with.
After watching LJ member mafe re-shape a relatively recent handle to make it look older and more hand-crafted here, I wanted to try the same. All it took was a few cuts here and there, followed by rasp and file work to create the shape I envisioned:
Once shaped, I sanded the handle from P80 to P1500 grit, trying to soften the edges a bit as I went along. For finish, I used a few coats of Watco Danish Oil…light walnut and clear…then multiple coats of wax. Simple.
Next…the brass hardware needed to be cleaned…I was scared to ruin the original medallion, so begged others on LJ’s for advice. I received tons of ideas and finally chose to sand the brass from P220 grit to P1500…followed by a brief cleaning with 3M Marine metal polish. Wow! I was amazed!
Even more so when the final parts were re-assembled:
Not a perfect job, I know, but nice enough for a newbie that I caught the restoration bug bad! Hopefully I can learn to re-sharpen these saws this year and REALLY give new life to these wonderful tools. Stay tuned…
-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...