Last weekend while up in North Carolina visiting family, my dad gave me one of his old hand saws. I can remember this saw being around all of my life. Dad thinks that it is a Sandvik and is not sure if it is one he bought or was passed down from my grandfather. Either way the saw is old and has a lot of history in its teeth.
The blade is in great shape with no pitting or broken teeth. I was cautious as I didn’t want to remove any watermark that might still remain on the blade to identify the maker but I quickly realized that any sign was long gone. I wet sanded the blade with 400 grit paper and then oiled it down for protection.
Next came the handle, it was still functional but looked pretty rough and I am pretty sure that it had been replaced somewhere down the road. It was made plywood and had made it for many years but was now spitting and cracking. I decided to make a new one out of some Cherry scraps I had laying around the shop. I removed the old handle, copied it onto the Cherry and then made a few of adjustments in the design that I liked.
I cut the new handle out with the bandsaw, rasped the hand grip to a comfortable shape, then sanded everything smooth. two coats of wipe on poly later and its finished.
I can’t wait to get the saw sharpened and start making saw dust.