Fixing Up Old Saws

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Forum topic by IantheTinker posted 03-06-2018 01:18 AM 277 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-06-2018 01:18 AM

Topic tags/keywords: old saws hand tools hand saws fix restore

I have these old hand saws and was wondering if they are worth fixing up, I would like to do more with hand tools. If they are worth the effort, what are some good steps to take to restore them?

Thank for any help or advice you can provide!

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#1 posted 03-06-2018 01:33 AM

I say…yes. Unknown maker of those saws or their age (pre WWII or post). But follow the same route I chose. Learn about jointing, sharpening, setting saw teeth. You have a 24”-26” hand saw that looks to be crosscut. Would be a good learning tool to understand rake and fleam. You also have a backsaw (12”? 14”?) to do the same on.

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#2 posted 03-06-2018 02:53 AM

The handsaw has a “Let In” Blade (The sign of a more Expensive Saw) and it might be a Carved Handle Disston.

I’d restore them for sure. Try soaking the Blade Only in Vinegar for a day or two and see what that does. Rub it down GENTLY with some 000 Steel wool, or whatever way you find most effective. I Used a Scraper to get most of the Cruddy Stuff off.

It’s Hard to say how to treat them because it depends on how Hard the Rust/Mess is that’s on there. I’d send them out for Sharpening unless you want to take that on also.

My Grandfaters Disstons below were in REALLY Bad Shape I had to use my ROB Sander to get the Blades to that state. I LOVE Using Them!

Good Luck: Rick

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#3 posted 03-06-2018 01:42 PM

Worth fixing, since they can be made to work well. Good ones to learn on because they don’t look particularly high end. I don’t like vinegar or acid on saw plates because it can darken any pits that are there, but there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. Anything from wire wheel to a sanding block to a razor blade with softened corners can be used to get the rust off and clean them up.

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