What to do with your old saw blades (maybe)

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Forum topic by Brandon posted 11-12-2010 10:21 PM 7313 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-12-2010 10:21 PM

Okay, I came across this picture. (see link below).

Perhaps a creative way to dispense with your old saw blades is to paint them and give them away as presents, although I doesn’t seem like everybody will appreciate it.

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 10:36 PM

Of course not… The clock works is missing!

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 10:37 PM

Around here, there are folks making a living painting saw blades. Mostly antique one man and two man crosscut saws. I have even seen large (20-30”) circular saw mill blades with scenes.

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 11:02 PM

I give them to the neighbor kids and tell them they are a new kind of frisbee (LOL).

Seriously … I give them to me my neighbor and he makes clocks that he sells at flea markets and swap meets. When we get together for pizza, he brings the beer.

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 11:23 PM

goood cretive way to use them
but have you consider to use them to make other tools from
the iron is very good to use
the best blades is if you can score an pld one from a sawmill
they have the right thickness to make gauges ,scratchtools , scrabers and carving tools
book to get inspire from : make your own woodworking tools by Mike Burton
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#5 posted 11-12-2010 11:29 PM

That’s a good point Dennis. Actually, I remember someone making a riving knife for the R4511 out of an old blade. Of course if you do this, you have to make sure the old blade is the correct thickness.

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 11:32 PM

I did a few of those while I was in college (If you don’t recall, I was an art major…), they were actually a required part of the course work in “folk art”...

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 11:42 PM

My wife made me a shop clock from one of my old blades. Everytime I go to an antique shop, flea market, etc., there is usually a few vendors selling these kinds of things. I like the idea of using the steel for other tasks whenever possible. I had not thought of the idea of making a splitter for my saw from one. That is a great idea. That way it would be sure to be the right thickness. I will have to try that.

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 11:56 PM

I have seen clocks all over the place – a splitter seems like a great idea.

How would you guys cut a saw blade to make a splitter? Is that something you could do with a hacksaw and a grinder?


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#9 posted 11-13-2010 12:08 AM

the hacksaw cuold get you very close to the drawing line then you use
files and halfround files to the rest to get the burr of use a very fine file and sandpaper for iron
but you can also use a dremel type maschine with a cuting blade in but dont try to get thrugh in one cut
they get stuck realy easy if the draing has an arch in it and also becorse you proppply do it free hand
they explode realy easy the cutting blades on those maschines
you can use an anglegrinder with cutting blade in to make the first rugh straight lines
but then I wuold use one of the small airpowered garageshop meccer use to cut up panels ind
rusty and damage cars its a fine little tool and has the right sice for the job becorse I think
the blades is around 2 inches indstead of five to nine inches for the big angle grinders

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 12:32 AM

I have been using old ones as a sacrificial anode in electrolyis. The large surface area makes for great rust removal

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 05:08 AM

good one Medicken

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#12 posted 11-13-2010 12:00 PM

this is one my Mom did .. the saw is about 4’ high.

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#13 posted 11-13-2010 12:49 PM

A pizza and meat cutter.. Much older friend used a plazma cutter to make a 10” blade into an open “D”
then put a dowel type handle across the straight part, took away the interior edges,
eased others and then sharpened the outside of the curve after de toothing and Voila ! an Inuit type skinning knife that realy works . It now happily hangs in my kitchen food prep area when not in use.

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#14 posted 11-14-2010 04:19 AM

Hmmm DennisGrosen raises an interesting concept. Anyone hazard a guess as to what the hardness of a typical circular or table saw blade is (not the teeth, but the plate itself)?

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#15 posted 11-14-2010 04:49 AM

I must be doing something wrong. I sharpen them and use them again. I don’t see wearing out a sawblade in my lifetime!

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