I was poking around in my parents’ garage the other day and found something I’ve never seen before. This is especially strange since their garage is well organized and I’ve spent a ton of time there over the last 15 or years or so.
Nevertheless, there hanging up on the wall was a collection of handsaws. That wasn’t noteworthy but in that collection was an old wooden handled panel saw. I’ve been looking for a crosscut panel saw; suspension and curiosity immediately set in.
The blade was fairly rusty and the handle was chipped along with other wear marks. The teeth, from what I could tell, looked to be in good condition. I told my mom that I was interested in it and would gladly replace it with a new, crappy saw (my words exactly). She told me to take it; neither her or my step-dad do yard work these days requiring a hand saw.
Time to clean it up and really see what I have here.
That saw is roughly 26″ long and looks to be 8 TPI (more on that later). I didn’t have a container large enough to soak the entire blade so I grabbed the lid off a plastic container and went to work. I used white vinegar and various grits of sandpaper and a Scotch-Brite pad. The combination worked well but like a moron, I didn’t wear gloves at first. The rust and vinegar stained my fingertips to a nice dirty brown color.
For the handle I lightly cleaned up the brass and then wiped the handle down with some furniture oil. I like the look of it and didn’t want to remove the history of the handle.
I let the saw sit overnight and then wiped it down again with WD-30 and 3-in-1 oil, which I use on all my tools.
I like it. And after cleaning off all the rust I found an “8” stamped just south of the handle. Turns out I can count.
The handle feels nice and smooth as well.
To find out how sharp the saw was, I grabbed a horrifically cupped piece of pine, drew a straight line on each side and started cutting. But first, I had to grab my saw bench.
Other than my screwing up, the saw actually cut straight.
Originally, I was thinking of sending the saw over to Bob at Logan Cabinet Shoppe for him to sharpen. But since I don’t think this saw will require much work I may order the files and attempt it myself.
That’s it for now, I think I may try to make a “proper” saw bench this weekend and mull over which path to take for sharpening.
Until next time, have a good one.
Eat a peach,