I’m just starting out with hand tools and woodworking, and I’m restoring an old saw I picked up at a flea market. It actually cuts okay, but it was kind of a dirty mess. When I was sanding the handle, I noticed that it is splitting or cracking. Is there something I should do about the splitting or just leave it be? My intention is to put on a couple coats of shellac and finish up with paste wax. I didn’t know if there was something I should do before the shellac to help preserve the wood.
I’m not skilled enough to make or fit a new handle so I’m hoping this one will be okay.
I have no idea who made the saw. There is only the faintest shadow of an etch remaing.
Thanks for your wisdom and experience.
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