Friend from my high school days sent me this saw from the UK. This is what I consider payment for the Food Tray I made for him to give to a couple there in the UK.
Should I restore it or use it as is?
I was starting to take it apart then thought I might better ask for a second opinion.
Has several coats of Shellac at one time or another. J.Platt was fond that others knew this saw belonged to him/her. I was thinking just scrape the shellac and put a fresh coat on it. Leave the rest the way it is. Looks like someone has buffed on the brass a little already.
I have a saw identical to this one and it is my favorite dovetail saw. Personally, I’d finish cleaning it, joint, sharpen, and set and have a wonderful saw ready for another 200 years. Of course, that’s just my opinion. As I’m sure you have noticed, Paul’s dovetail and tenon saws are all R. Groves and Sons.
I think you are correct, it was not shellac. Using a rag soaked in Denatured alcohol seemed to soften the old finish, but would not cut it. I ended up scraping most of it off. Found some repairs using some sort of filler. Not sure what was used though. See pic