This week I picked up 3 old Spear and Jackson tenon saws from eBay. They’re 3 pretty similar back saws (two identical sized) and came as a job lot for which I paid £11.50 for. My intention was to clean them up, sharpen them, keep a couple and then sell on the third. The blades are in pretty good condition as are the handles. The problem is that the handle on all 3 of them were loose.
One of the three has one screw bolt and two rivett type bolts. I’ve managed to get that blade workably tight just by tightening up the screw. The other two are more of a problem as they are only fitted with these rivett bolts – these are brass fixings which pass through the handle of the saw and blade and have a round head at both sides. There is no obvious way of tightening these up as the don’t have slots for screwdrivers/split headed screwdrivers.
Unless anyone can suggest a way of tightening them up I guess my only option is to remove and replace these rivetts with something that I can adjust/tighten. I’ve managed to remove one of them by cutting it with a dremel wheel cutter – I cut a slot on one side for a screwdriver and a deeper cross on the other and then sheared off the top using a screwdriver on both sides simultaneously. It then punched out the remainder pretty cleanly. It works but isn’t pretty and I there’s a real risk of damaging the handle with the cutting tool.
Anybody have any ideas what might be a better solution. I have seen saw bolts/screws for sale (workshop heaven do them) so I could pick up some of those I guess. That might involve having to enlarge the holes in the handle and blade and possibly counter-sinking the handle. Are there any other alternatives that people here have used?
Any advice will be gratefully received.
Yorkshireman currently living in Hampshire
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