Aging My Pony Saw

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Blog entry by yuri posted 03-28-2011 06:14 AM 2737 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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?

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 06:59 AM

It looks great! I have a real old Spears and Jackson saw that is gorgeous but is so dull I can’t cut anything with it anymore. I think I might have to follow suit…

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 07:50 AM

I must say it looks real fine to me. I bought the family farm W/ all it’s belongs, recently i collected all the old braces and bits saws levels etc. I’m slowly restoring them ,the saws were in pretty rough shape,I went on line for sharpening info. It was a little time consuming the teeth were very fine they came out real good,I couldn’t find any I D. on them.

-- Harold, Finger Lakes, NY

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#3 posted 03-28-2011 09:24 AM

thank´s for sharing the blog with us allso :-)

to people who has trouble or don´t know how to sharpen a saw
you can get a DVD from Lie-Nielsen about it

Hand Saw Sharpening
hosted byTom Law

and I´ll bett you all will give it a try after you have seen it
it isn´t that difficult its just a little tedius to resharpen from ground of

take care

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 01:54 PM

It looks good I might have to give that a try with one of my saws that has a plastic handle thanks for the idea

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 06:10 PM

I am doubble on this one.
It looks wonderful, you got a wonderful saw.
But… as long as the old blade is ok, I would keep the saw. Then I would make some new ‘old’ handles, and inset a coin or so.
But you did a really nice job on it, and I congrat you with that ‘new’ saw.
I will learn to sharpen.
Dennis, did you sharpen some saws?
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 07:17 PM

I like the old look. You did a great job with the finish on the handle. I think I will give it a try with some old saws I have as well.

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 08:07 PM

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 06:01 AM

Great newfurbish. Was that a word? Anyway great stuff.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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