Restored an old saw, now help me identify it!(pics of restore inside)

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by Willeh posted 03-27-2012 12:20 AM 4014 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Willeh's profile


228 posts in 2361 days

03-27-2012 12:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question refurbishing

All through my childhood, i recall this old saw hanging on the wall of my dad’s garage. My dad was a millwright and didn’t have the time of day for anything to do with wood.. As such, he didn’t have any related tools, so in the odd occasion that wood would need to be cut around the house, the job was always turned to this old saw hanging on the wall.. Decade after decade, it always looked the same, and got a work out once or twice a year. Last week, I decided to ask the old man for the saw so that I could breath some life into it and maybe get a bit of use out of it, since afterall, i’ve been really moving towards hand tools lately.

My dad says this was one of the first tools he got in Canada when he emmigrated from the UK in the 70s. He was given it by a friend who was cleaning out a garage, and in his recollection, when he got it, it was a really old saw that has looked pretty much the same way it did when he gave it to me (as pictured below).

Still surprisingly sharp and cuts pretty well both rip and crosscut (I have no idea whether it is setup to rip or crosscut, but it does a decent job with both).

Here it is after some TLC. I tried to go after a old but well cared for look rather than take it right down to fresh and make it look like brand new. I didnt try too hard to remove some of the deeper stains fearing weakening the saw plate. The steel is still very flexible and hasnt brittled over the years.

The handle appears to be made of Beech. Would really appreciate any guesses as to what this saw is, what its proper use is, and how old it might be.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

7 replies so far

View DocBailey's profile


584 posts in 2381 days

#1 posted 03-27-2012 02:31 AM

I was going to tell you that what I think you have there is the Canadian version of our generic and ubiquitous “Warranted Superior” medallion which typically features an eagle.
But – upon closer inspection, I believe the “S.D. may stand for Shurley-Dietrich—erstwhile Canadian Saw Makers

View Joe Lyddon's profile

Joe Lyddon

10117 posts in 4074 days

#2 posted 03-27-2012 03:50 AM

How did you clean up the cruddy rusty blade?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

View Brandon's profile


4152 posts in 2973 days

#3 posted 03-27-2012 04:55 AM

Great work on the restore! I love that medallion. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

View philip marcou's profile

philip marcou

264 posts in 2619 days

#4 posted 03-27-2012 08:25 AM

It must be a Beaver….(;)

View Willeh's profile


228 posts in 2361 days

#5 posted 03-28-2012 09:17 PM

Got a bit more luck in a canadian woodworking forum.. some people with local knowledge. From what they’ve said, it is a Shurley-Deitrich.Apparently this medalion is a throw over from when Shurly took over RH Smith in the late 1890’s. Smith used the Beaver medalion and Shurly kept the beaver on saws made in St. Catherines prior making then all in Galt. That said, it is likely pre WW1.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

View Willeh's profile


228 posts in 2361 days

#6 posted 03-28-2012 09:31 PM

Joe Lyddon:

To clean the blade, i first gave it a light sanding with 150 grit paper to loosen the heavy tarnish and get the paint splatters and heavy crud off, then i applied Naval Jelly Rust Remover and scrubbed with a foam sanding block, rinsed with water and repeated 2 more times, then a light sanding with 300 grit paper and rub with fine steel wool, polished with “Autosol” metal polish.

-- Will, Ontario Canada. "I can do fast, cheap and good, but you can only pick two... "

View DaveMu's profile


56 posts in 2356 days

#7 posted 03-28-2012 09:35 PM

Nice job on the restoration!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics