FREE SAMPLE ISSUE FREE NEWSLETTER DIGITAL ISSUE PREVIEW

Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: restoring old saws

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Saint John, NB
    Posts
    80

    Default restoring old saws

    I know this has probably been gone over a hundred times but how about a hundred and one? I have picked up several Disston saws lately at yard sales. I'll post pictures soon so you all can help me identify what I have. I can't even distinguish between a rip saw and a cross cut saw. Anyway my first questions are on cleaning these old things up. I picked up only saws that had straight blades and no broken handles and I want to keep them as users so I don't need them sparkling. Cleaning up the handles is no problem and Brasso works amazing on the brass but how do you clean the rust off those blades? I'm hoping to use something I can find locally. What are people using?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Canada's East Coast
    Posts
    619
    Real Name
    Erik

    Default Re: restoring old saws

    I use citric acid to chemically remove rust, though you can buy Evaporust that does the same thing. Citric acid is aval in powdered form where wine making supplies are sold.

    Do a google search for articles by Bob Smalser as he has publish a few good ones on saw repair. Some are available here.

    http://www.wkfinetools.com/contrib/b...lser-index.asp

    Daryl Weir has put together some great info here and he is an accomplished saw guru. His site is here.

    http://home.grics.net/~weir/saw_restoration.html

    The cleanup is easy but it is the sharpening that takes a lot of practice. Good luck with your restoration.
    Erik

    Working in New Brunswick but weekends on Prince Edward Island

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    N.E. Edmonton
    Posts
    2,258

    Default Re: restoring old saws

    Brent, I use much of the same techniques as Daryl does on his saws. I personally don't like Evaporust very much as it leaves the metal very dull and lifeless looking. When you sand the metal, stop sanding when the slurry your getting stops being reddish and becomes just black. Thats how you know the rust is gone and now your just removing metal. I also don't like Brasso much, I use a really fine wire brush on my brass.
    Sharpening is fun to learn, but you need to get a good understanding of the difference between rip and crosscut teeth first.
    To help with identifying your Disston saws, be sure to check out this site.
    Have fun!

    Ryan
    Formerly known as "Ryan in Edmonton "

    GALLERY OF PROJECTS: http://lumberjocks.com/galleries/Boomr99#

Similar Threads

  1. Restoring a Cedar Canoe
    By red_langford in forum Woodworking
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-17-2012, 10:17 PM
  2. Some vintage hand saws I cleaned up (back saws)
    By RSWoodworks in forum Hand Tools
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 12-18-2011, 03:58 PM
  3. Restoring old Plane
    By Kid Scientist in forum Hand Tools
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 01-06-2010, 11:25 PM
  4. HELP: Restoring a Biesmeyer Fence
    By shaffin in forum Power Tools
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-05-2008, 09:36 AM
  5. restoring old oak chair
    By calvin in manitoba in forum Finishing and Refinishing
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-29-2003, 03:04 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •