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Forum topic by wreker posted 04-27-2014 12:17 AM 885 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2014 12:17 AM

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Hi All,
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.

Here are links to higer res images if you’d like.

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#1 posted 04-27-2014 01:32 AM

That handle is in decent shape. Unless that crack feels worse than it looks I wouldn’t worry about it. If it does feel like it’s going to pinch or chafe your hand while sawing you could fill it with some glue mixed with sawdust from the saw. The spot I might work on a bit more is the chip out of the upper horn. That looks like it might be a bit uncomfortable in use so I would round the edges of the chip a little more if they hit my hand anywhere while sawing. The etch and a medallion if any would help in identifying the saw. Otherwise just by looking at the shape is a long shot (that some people here can do sometimes.)

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#2 posted 04-27-2014 01:41 AM

might take a look at this forum.
Lots of knowledge there.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 04-27-2014 02:14 AM

Tim’s evaluation looks good to me. I would finish the handle with a few coats of Boiled linseed oil,and a few coats of butchers wax. The handle looks dry and the oil will help rejuvenate the wood. I have done a few like this & they feel good in the hand.

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 02:39 AM

Thanks for the info!

Below is the best I can make out of the etch.
There was no medalion, only 3 screws.

Link to high res etch

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#5 posted 04-27-2014 05:37 PM

The handle looks good from here. I’d add a few coat of BLO as well. You can shellac over it if you wanted.
I also do the sawdust and glue. Sanding before the glue is dry helps imbed sawdust as well for smaller cracks.

And a Slim mentioned, lots of smart guys over there.

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