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09-08-2016 08:29 PM

I bought a nice disston back saw but it has rust (no pitting) on one side and the handle is perfect in its shape but needs to be refinished. Anyone know the best guy to make it like new again and sharpen it? Thanks.

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#1 posted 09-08-2016 08:48 PM

Summerfi on Lumberjocks

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#2 posted 09-08-2016 09:05 PM

I second puttys call. Bob does amazing work as does lj brit.

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 09:23 PM

Third for Bob. I had him do a Disston No 12 that came out beautifully.

A couple caveats. I know he got so busy a while back that he wasn’t taking on any more restorations for a while. He also is away from home a lot this time of year working forest fires. If you aren’t in a huge hurry, then drop him a PM and see what he says. If he has the time to do the work, you won’t be disappointed.

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#4 posted 09-08-2016 09:38 PM

Check out Aiden 1211-Robert Porter.
He did a small dovetail saw for me that was dead on.
Best thing about this fellow is that he’ll be straight up with ya. No BS, just good prices and info.


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#5 posted 09-08-2016 10:06 PM

While the people mentioned above are fantastic at restoration (almost considered an art!)... have you considered trying it yourself?

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#6 posted 09-08-2016 10:55 PM

Post a picture of your saw BigJohn!

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#7 posted 09-08-2016 11:28 PM

Bob made a gorgeous and true saw for me.

I also talk tools with Robert frequently and he is scary knowledgeable as well.

Can’t go wrong with either. I’d lean Robert at the moment. I think bob is off fighting fires but I could be wrong.

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 10:51 PM

If I wasn’t going to do it myself, it would go to Bob.

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#9 posted 09-10-2016 01:26 AM

I have four saws sharpened and restored by Bob(Summerfi) and I can vouch for the quality of his work.

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 05:11 PM

Not only is Bob Summerfield on fire duty, I think he said he’s not taking on any new saw work right now. Couldn’t hurt to ask though.

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#11 posted 09-11-2016 08:52 PM

Thanks everyone for the advice. I won’t bother him and try to do it myself. I will try to remember the post some pics when I get done. Thanks again.

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#12 posted 09-11-2016 08:57 PM

Post some pictures if you’re looking for advice. You’ll probably get more than you want. :-)

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#13 posted 09-12-2016 03:32 AM

Bob is absolutely awesome! Good enough for me to order a custom saw from him and send him my old english baby that I didn’t have the stones to work on and I’ll clean or tune anything! And for those guys out there that know me I’m stupid picky about most everything! Saw restores are nothing to get nervous about unless you start pulling backs off backsaws and start repairing totes. If it’s pretty clean already I’d say it’ll be a breeze. Good luck and if you need any advice or help along the way feel free to ask.

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