|Forum topic by Glug||posted 01-05-2012 11:01 PM||2196 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
01-05-2012 11:01 PM
I have a two man saw that belonged to my Great Grandfather. He had some great tools, and I am fortunate to have many of them. Unfortunately, the saw suffered some corrosion while stored by a family member who shall remain nameless. When I received it about four years ago, I recall that it actually had a bit of a shine and nice patina.
I’d like to get the corrosion under control, so that it does not progress, but also retain some of the original character. Before I do anything, I’d like to learn more about it’s age, and particulars. I was unable to find any marks on the saw.
The blade is 66” long, 3” deep on the ends, and 6 11/16” deep at the center. The handles are 9”. The blade seems to be fairly uniform in thickness, .065”.
I’ve read some folks suggesting navel jelly, and others recommending mechanical removal (brushes, sandpaper, etc). Most of the corrosion seems to be light darkening, with a few heavier spots. I don’t think any of it is very serious yet. The saw is still fairly sharp. I’m not quite sure how to remove the corrosion from the edges of the blades without damaging them, but I understand that area is most sensitive to damage from pitting, etc. Maybe a brass brush?
And the wood handles. They don’t seem to match. I’m not as concerned about those because they won’t rust. One article suggested a coating of Linseed oil. Removing them does not look easy.
For now, the saw will not be displayed. I am moving it out of the problem garage and into storage. I’m not sure how long it will be in storage. So I’m not sure wax would be sufficient. One option is to coat it in grease or oil, and then wrap it in plastic and cardboard.
Thanks for your help!