Category Archives: Saws

Restoring a $3.00 garage sale backsaw find

The Craig’s List ad said there were some old woodworking tools. That’s it. No pictures, no heart-throbbing prose. Still, the garage sale was in an older neighborhood. And close by in case it was a bust. So I fired up … Continue reading

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Restoring a depression-era Miterbox for a 21st-century workshop: Part 1-Acquisition

During a rust-hunting expedition last summer, I picked up six saws and a miterbox. I didn’t really “need” it because I already had two sitting on shelves at home. Still, this one had all the earmarks of an industrial-age tool—definitely … Continue reading

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Repairing a vintage handsaw handle

“We’re going to have to cut out a big chunk to save her,” I could hear the saw-handle doctor saying. “We’ll also have to deal with that cheek chip.” I swallowed hard before he continued. “The horn repair is pretty … Continue reading

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Handsaw honey hole: 6 saws and a miter box

In the words of the baseball great Sammy Sosa, “Garage sales have been very, very, good to me.” Or at least that’s what I’d think he’d say if his run of saw luck was as good as mine. The Craig’s … Continue reading

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J.H. Noble No.1 Backsaw rehab-Why two carcass saws?

Not long after I finished rehabbing my Disston #4 backsaw, I stumbled across this little beauty on eBay. Some of you might be wondering ‘why would he need two 12″ crosscut backsaws?’ Truth be told, I didn’t. But at 11 … Continue reading

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Learning to Remove a Bow: My new, old favorite crosscut saw

Here’s my favorite user crosscut saw. You astute sawyers out there will immediately recognize that the nib and medallion are incongruous with the handle. I didn’t pick up on that at first. The saw first came under my view as … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a Pre-1918 Disston handsaw with a couple of unique curiosities

Recently, I scored a Disston handsaw for $2.00 at an estate sale along with some other finds. The more refined shape (yes the horns have long since broken off) of the handle told me that it was an older saw. … Continue reading

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Filling a hole in my saw nest: Rehabbing a panel saw and converting it to rip

I saw a lot of boards in my vise. I also “stub” the toes of my long, 26″ hand saws while using them with my saw bench. The bench is the appropriate height for the knee of a 5′ 6″ … Continue reading

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Tool Hunting Finds in Arizona

I was visiting family in Phoenix and decided to try my luck at finding vintage tools before our 5:00 o’clock gin and tonic. The foraging turned out to be much more fruitful than my East coast tool hunt last year. … Continue reading

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, Denver, November 4th-5th, 2011

When I first got into woodworking a few years ago, I started coming across the names of makers of fine hand tools. Lee Valley, Bad Axe, and of course, Lie Nielsen. The Lie Nielsen catalog is ever present on my … Continue reading

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