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Forum topic by steiner posted 05-19-2010 08:19 PM 1184 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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steiner

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05-19-2010 08:19 PM

I got a Japanese dovetail saw, and cut my first dovetails ever out of white oak last week. I was pretty excited, they weren’t too bad for a beginner. But the question I have is this…

When I got the saw out again the next day, there were black stains on a small part of the saw where a few bits of oak had lodged. I immediately remembered reading something long ago about oak having tannins that react with iron – I think. Aside from the obvious lack of care of my blade, what can be done if anything to save my saw? Do I treat it with mineral spirits? Maybe the saw was inferior, I didn’t notice staining on other metal I’d used.

Thanks!
Scott

-- Scott - Houston, Texas


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CharlesNeil

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#1 posted 05-19-2010 10:24 PM

he h eh e.. saw more dovetails.. it will keep rust and uglies from showing up on your saw… were it out, dont let it rust out… a little wipe with some thin oil, will cure your issue, above post is on point…

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#2 posted 05-20-2010 12:12 AM

Charles is right.. just keep using that saw.. you won’t even notice it and will rub it right off after a few tries..lol

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 02:03 AM

This site is so amazing. Translation: The folks on this site are so amazing. Never would have guessed that I’d be helped by three such high-caliber woodworkers. I had just read the blog by RB about emailing CharlesNeil this morning, and thought it was nice that folks here help so much – even when they’re obviously very busy. And then to see you three post answers – pretty cool.

Thanks for the good advice. And even more important, your support to us novices is very inspiring.

-- Scott - Houston, Texas

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