can a broken handsaw be repaired?

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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 03-19-2010 04:32 PM 1239 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2010 04:32 PM

The last time I visited with my parents, my dad promised me that I could have his grandfathers old Diston handsaw. It wasn’t in good shape, but it could be cleaned, sharpened, and the handle replaced. Then I’d have an old tool that I could still use that had been in the family for 50+ years.

When my parents visited, my dad said my younger brother apparently broke the saw blade. I guess he was sawing too near the front of the blade and forced the saw too much. I’m just wondering, is this repairable? I’m afraid I know the answer, but I have to ask anyway.
Thanks everyone!

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 05:31 PM

I dont think its repairable,,but you may be able to cut it down and turn it into a back saw or something,,or just clean it up, hang it on your shop wall and save it.

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 05:57 PM

I would clean it up and put it on the wall like it is. It will give you thoughts of your dad and your brother.

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 09:11 PM

I love my brother, so I’d prefer to have positive thought of him instead of him breaking a family heirloom (to me at least) hacking through a 2×4. lol.

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 09:28 PM

How broken? If it is just kinked, you can work it out…see Garret Hack’s book Classic Hand Tools. If it’s broken in two back near the handle, you could reattach the handle. If teeth are broken you could joint them all off and make new teeth. If it’s broken near the tip, you could cut that off for a shorter saw. If it’s broken completely in two at the middle of the blade…I think it’s shot. Keep the handle and get a replacement blade?

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 09:34 PM

You can repair that: I’m a saw filer and weld saws every day. Is the saw in two pieces, if its in two pieces it maybe a little tricky but I think it can be done, and be repaired and put back in use. If there is a saw mill close by ask if you can talk to someone in the filing room if not send me a message and I can see if I can help you out.

This is what I do for a living :

Highly-skilled craftsman who maintains saws at working efficiency.
Occupations Repairs bandsaw, handsaw, and circular saw blades according to customer’s or manufacturer’s specifications, using handtools, machine tools, and welding equipment: Examines saw for defects. Cuts broken teeth from saw, using power shear. Forms teeth on saw blade by beveling joints on grinder and welding or brazing them together. Brazes or welds cracks in saw blades. Straightens twists and kinks in blades, using straightening press, and hammers out dents in blade on metal table. Adjusts cutting width of teeth, using swage or special pliers. Computes number and angle of teeth to produce specified cut. Clamps blade in saw-filing machine and turns handwheel to adjust distance between teeth, angle of bevel, and depth of cut of file or abrasive wheel. Starts machine that automatically grinds and files saw teeth. May be designated according to type of saw sharpened as Band-Saw Filer (any industry); Circular-Saw Filer

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 10:24 PM

The old blade has seen enough work during it’s long life let it hang on the wall as a reminder of all those good times.It’s sad but sometimes a tool has come to the end of it’s days. Good luck and fond memeories . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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