Tagged: saw restoration
- 1 May 2014 at 1:40 pm #56652
I’ve been following woodworking masterclass for some time now, and really enjoing it. At the moment I’m not able to do much woodworking, since I’m trapped in a renovation project. One thing I have been able to do however, is start collecting the tools that I’ll need. I have found some old saws inn ny motherinlaw that I plan to restore. But since they require some work, and also due to the affectional value, I don’t want to learn the needed restoration skills practicing on these saws (Disston panel and tennon saws from around 1930).
So, now to the point. Due to this I decided to find a saw on ebay. I came across a nice looking saw from Frost in Norwich. The teeth are a little irregular here and there, bit it’s actually quite sharp. Since I bought it to learn how to restore saws, I’m now facing a small dilemma. Should I file away all the teeth or should I just sharpen it as it is, and find another, worse looking saw to get my practice? I attach some pictures to show you how it looks.
You must be logged in to access attached files.1 May 2014 at 2:10 pm #56655BrianJParticipant
If it were me, I would go ahead and sharpen it up. Good luck with whatever you choose
Ontario, Canada1 May 2014 at 2:57 pm #56658sidreilleyParticipant
I would agree with Brian, re-shape the teeth that need it, join it, and sharpen it preferably to rip pattern. Removing all the teeth and filing in new ones, especially in fine pitch, is not as quick and easy as it may seem. Better to practice that on something larger. Besides, it sounds like you’re already pretty busy and a re-tooth project would just take more time. It looks like a nice little saw in a useful size.
Cheers1 May 2014 at 3:06 pm #56659SandyParticipant
Marius, just an observation but you said you had little experience in restoring old saws. Sharpening alone can be a challenge so removing and completely recutting teeth is a daunting endeavor for a novice. If it’s sharp and does the job, i’d leave it alone and maybe do as you have said and get another saw to practice on. If you do decide to recut the teeth I do have a suggestion. You can pick another saw that has the desired TPI and clamp them together. The only danger here is that if you screw it up, you screw up two saws… I have used this method successfully.
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Albert Einstein1 May 2014 at 4:51 pm #56666NikonD80Participant
If it were mine, I’d run a file over the top of the teeth to even them out and sharpen to a rip config. Then you can give it a go and see how you want to proceed from there.
Keep Calm and have a Cup of Tea1 May 2014 at 5:32 pm #56669
Thank you for your advice. I think I’ll just sharpen it for now, and maybe do some more work on it later. Like the idea of clamping it to another saw. Thanks for that Sandy!4 May 2014 at 10:12 pm #56746Ian StewartParticipant
Just another view from me. That beautiful saw appears to have been sharpened many times already, from the proportions of what blade is left, so don’t think you might ruin a collector’s item.
I agree with the others, resharpen it after you’ve used it a bit. Try new teeth on one in worse condition.
I recently found I already owned a cheapo plastic handled Bahco saw that had etched into the blade “Resharpenable”. I’d never noticed that until I was about to throw it out. Guess what? I’ve resharpened it and it’s nicer to use than any of the other hardpoint saws I own.6 May 2014 at 8:26 am #56802dbornParticipant6 May 2014 at 6:16 pm #56840David GillParticipant
could not get the link to work
Wigan, Lancs. England :6 May 2014 at 10:48 pm #56845dbornParticipant
I can’t figure this out on my phone… Maybe this will work, hopefully.7 May 2014 at 6:42 am #56862
Thank you for the link. I really have to look for a bad looking saw I can test this on soon 🙂7 May 2014 at 12:45 pm #56871David GillParticipant
Thanks Dan it now works fine
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