First saw restoration... The pits!

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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 08-24-2014 07:53 PM 1194 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2014 07:53 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handsaw restoration disston

Hey everyone,

Just wanted to share the results of my first saw restoration. It’s a Disston No. 12 crosscut saw that I dated to 1896-1917. I spotted it outside an antique store in the pouring rain. It looked pretty beat, but the handle was intact and the plate was straight as an arrow so I offered the guy five bucks and he said sure. I got her home and documented its “before” condition.

Evaporust, wire brush, sandpaper, paste wax, barkeepers friend, BLO, and a whole lot of elbow grease later, I have this…

The pits! I know that pitting is bad, and was hoping there wouldn’t be this much under the rust. Oh well, it was a good learning experience. I’m going to go ahead and have it sharpened and give her a test drive. Do you think this amount of pitting is going to affect its performance? I don’t really have a baseline to compare, since this is my first saw. I welcome any questions or comments, and thanks for looking!

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 08-24-2014 09:21 PM

I think that particular saw needs to be jointed and sharpened—the teeth are not all the same length. When you refile the teeth, file them rip, as the pitting won’t be as big of an issue. Cross-cut saws are more difficult to get sharp with a pitted plate, as the cross-cut teeth act more like knives.

But you did a nice restore on the saw.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 09:48 PM

nice save.

+1 to Ian’s post

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 09:52 PM

+2 on shamps post.

Really nice refurb on a saw that otherwise would have rusted away into nothing. A 12 in the wild is a pretty nice find.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#4 posted 08-25-2014 01:57 AM

I didn’t think of that, but it makes sense. I think I’ll change it to rip teeth. Thanks for the advice.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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