Saturday, January 21, 2012

Rehabilitated This Little Orphan Backsaw

This is a $5 used tool shop find.  It's an orphan; even it's maker won't claim it.  There is no etch, no medallion, no stamp on the steel back.  Just a nice-looking handle and steel, straight and soon-to-be sharp.  There is absolutely no reason why this saw can't function well as a user for another century or two.  And it will, assuming it gets the proper care.

Here's the results pic:

Handle closeup:

And the before pic:

Since this is not a terribly old saw, or collectible, I gave the steel a pretty good scrubbing with wet-or-dry 320, 400, and 600 grit to remove the rust and bring up the shine.  There was no etch, so didn't have to worry about preserving that.  First I applied some 3-in-1 oil and scraped off the rust and paint with a razor, then went at it with the sandpaper and Windex.

The steel cleaned up well, here's the result.

Next was the handle.  The beech was in pretty good shape, but the lacquer was toast.  I rubbed it down with lacquer thinner, then went at it with the scraper.  To be honest, this handle is what attracted me to this saw in the first place.  It looked good and felt good in the hand.  It turns out this handle is 1" thick, and most other backsaws that I own have a 7/8" thick handle.  At any rate, this one was worth preserving.  I did not sand it, or remove any wood, or patch anything.  I wanted to preserve it's natural patina as much as I could.

After scraping off all the old lacquer, it received two coats danish oil and two coats shellac, then buffed and waxed.  I'll sharpen it, then put it on the user rack.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Did a Little Rust-Hunting Today

I was in the seedy part of town today, which we all know is the best place to rust-hunt.  Couldn't resist stopping in a small locally-owned new and used tool place.  They usually don't have much decent stuff, but every now and then I find something worthwhile.  Picked up a few user tools today, nothing major.

First a 14" backsaw, maker unknown.  I liked the beech handle, and I think the steel will clean up nicely. $5

Next was a 22" Spear and Jackson 8 tpi crosscut saw.  It's been sharpened a few times, but still lots of life left.  $5

And finally a nice Bessey "30" F type clamp for the outrageous price of $10.  15" long and 5 1/2" throat depth, these things come in handy.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Screwdriver Boxed Sets

I made four boxed sets of screwdrivers this season - one for a woodworking internet acquaintance, one for my son, and two for my son-in-laws.  You may be tired of hearing about screwdrivers by now; rest assured I am done with them for a while also.  But one last post to primarily show how the box came together.

Here are some pics of the second one(left) and fourth one(right).  The box design is based on a traditional candle box, which a fellow woodworker adapted as a pencil box for his daughter.  I liked his build, so decided to use it for my screwdriver boxes.  The body of the box is quarter-sawn Sycamore.  Each box was built from a single board, and the grain wraps around the box.  The miter keys are Lyptus (I thought the reds in the Lyptus set off the reds in the Sycamore nicely).  The raised-panel lid is Cherry, and the bit holder and brackets are figured Walnut.  I think the handles in these pictures are Maple.  Finish on the box is danish oil, buffed and waxed.

There are magnetic catches throughout to hold everything together.

The Walnut box holds a set of 12 magnetic bits for the driver.  It has one coat of 1# shellac, buffed and waxed.

Two edges of the Walnut are bevelled so that it can be lifted out of the box easily.

A little shell was carved in the top of the lid to assist in opening and closing.