- 12 February 2016 at 11:57 pm #134737
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.13 February 2016 at 1:00 am #134742GaryParticipant
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.13 February 2016 at 2:05 pm #134749
You will have to post a picture if your saw, would love to see it.
I’m like you, would rather see it restored to its original glory. I will put some pics up later today, once I get it finished.13 February 2016 at 3:15 pm #134756Mike WalshParticipant
If it is truly shellac, you won’t need to scrape it. Although it appears to be either lacquer or varnish.
If it is shellac, you should be able to just dissolve the finish with denatured alcohol. If it is lacquer, you can also strip it with lacquer thinner.
If you do it this way, the rich patina the wood has developed over the decades won’t be lost.
You can also raise dings and dents using drops of water on them and a soldering iron or clothes iron.14 February 2016 at 1:49 am #134772
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 pic14 February 2016 at 2:48 am #13477614 February 2016 at 11:58 pm #134787ehiseyParticipant
Completely worth your time doing the clean-up, a wonderful looking
Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop15 February 2016 at 1:48 pm #134801lowpolyjoeParticipant
Looks great! 🙂20 May 2016 at 8:13 pm #137334wpollockMember
She’s a beauty! Great find, mate.
Cheers from New York City!
~~ Spurs forever; forever Spurs ~~25 May 2016 at 5:04 pm #137437STEVE MASSIEParticipant
Nice fine and it looks great that is a beauty.
Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US25 May 2016 at 5:44 pm #137441David BParticipant
Nice saw. Is it me or do the teeth look a bit mangled in the last pic?
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