Saws, Saws, saws… Recently I bought quite a bit of saws during Patina event. I always wanted to have good vintage/antique saws. Unfortunately I can not sharpen/tune my saws and finding ready to go old saw is not easy or prohibitively expensive for me. I decided to to go modern route and sell most of my old saws. I still have couple I want to keep.
Well. I have modern inexpensive panel saw. It is extremely sharp, in vein of Japanese saws, and even has similar tooth pattern. It cuts well too. Here it is.
It is great saw, but it is ugly as hell and that is because of the plastic handle. And it is little bit fat and not good for my not big hands. I just can not use it. So I wanted vintage saw. But I failed with vintage saws and I decided to make my Pony saws vintage. Huh? Yes. Originally I wanted to make brand new handle and buy screws. Fro that I went to eBay to check if something will came up. To my surprise I saw several handles. Low and behold, I won one. $0.99 and $4.99 shipping.
Here it is (pictures not mine, as they published by seller, I forgot to make “before” pictures )
Once I received the handle, I cleaned it, sanded and refinished using Watco Danish Oil, Natural tone. Besides cleaned screws and medallion, but not polished them to keep little bit older looking to be in accordance with the handle itself.
I detached old plastic handle from the blade.
Of cause holes pattern on Pony saw does not fit the “new” handle. Not a problem, I thought. I can drill holes in right place. Oops, not that easy, it turned. The blade still is so hard, that HSS bit just slips on a surface and nothing is done. I was scratching my head… What to do. I recalled that I have dremel like proxxon rotary tool and set of diamond burrs bought in HF. They are complete junk! Well next hour or so I was making two holes and expanding one. Tough job for me and my little proxxon. But we did it. The rest was easy and now I got the looker and worker.
What do you think about my new/old windern (vintage/modern) saw?