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 Post subject: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:00 am 
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Here we go again :roll: Sorry folks but I just get excited about these old saws...can't help myself...I hit this slope in 2008 after losing a lung & having to cut down on my sawdust intake....been sliding ever since!
This one is a Wheeler, Madden & Clemson top of the line Xcut 8tpi. It was in pretty bad shape, rusty and the handle was painted red :shock: As you can see in the pics...I cleaned it down to a beautiful surface of quilted walnut with amazing chatoyance. It cut amazingly well considering the teeth will need to be reshaped considerably. I am VERY happy to have this saw and it will be my Go To user from now on.
Thanks for looking!!
Don

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:26 pm 
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Wow Don thats a great find, good job on restoring it to


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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:13 pm 
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Amazing the wood that was used for common things.
Thanks for showing it.
Great Job restoring.

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Sun Sep 15, 2019 6:52 pm 
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chatoyance?

is that a common woodworking term?
Too fancy a word for this redneck woodworker,,,

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:55 am 
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Yes, Sean, it is a fairly common term to describe the depth & shine of wood when finish is applied. I was introduced to the term by Russ Filbeck, a master chair maker many years ago. I'm sure you've seen some beautiful grain in figured walnut, curly or birdseye maple and.... here's a piece of maple I used for drawer fronts a few years ago as an example...can you see the depth of the grain even before finish was applied?
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Can you think of a word that would convey the appearance of that?? Chatoyance....just fits


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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:05 am 
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I finally got this beautiful saw re-toothed for RIP and sharpened and the handle re-finished. Such a joy to use...almost effortless....no tale....no loud noise....just a simple song as if follows the line.
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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:09 pm 
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I envy you guys that can use tools that don't plug in.
I actually have no experience with non electric stuff. :confused:
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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
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Me, too, Zulu! But Don, I have to admit, you did a beautiful job restoring it! I did clean off my Dewalt planer the other day! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
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Right, Larry!! :lol: I remember when I wore the plaid shirt and all my toys had tails! I still have the machines but have learned to enjoy these jewels and find them very pleasurable to use.
If you noticed earlier, the saw was pulling to the right...had to run the diamond stone down the right side once to bring into line. See it split the line like a hot knife in butter in this hard maple:
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Have FUN folks....and pos a pic of doing it!

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:19 pm 
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Hey Don,

I noticed the placement of the vise on your bench so I have to ask, "Are you left handed?" I only ask because I'm a southpaw myself and I've notice that used handsaws almost always have a right handed "set" to the blade. That is, they curve to the left when viewed from above. This is due to the ergonomics of right handed reciprocating movement. Chef's knives also develop a curve after use as well. Getting a saw to forget its' previous owner can be a challenge, but is usually worth it.

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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:58 pm 
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Thanks for asking, Tom. No, I'm a righty. The reason the vise is on that end is that, 20 years ago when I built it, my shop was very narrow & small and the only place for my bench was beneath a cabinet above the left end. About 2 years later I was able to expand the shop a bit but by that time I was adept at using it there and I had installed a twin screw vise on the other end. I've often thought of changing it around or building another bench but I've grown to love this one. I've made many many projects on it and it has become a part of me.
You're right about the 'set' cant and I've found old saws that belonged to a lefty...it IS hard to train one for a righty. Not the case with this one. It is a very fine quality saw that needed a little straightening, re-toothing and sharpening. Pulling to the right was because in sharpening the teeth for a rip saw one can file the teeth from one side without turning the saw around....so the tendency to drift is due(I believe) to the constant pressure of the file on one side. Laying the plate down on a flat surface and sliding a file or diamond steel lightly down the length will take the drift out...as with this one.
Sounds like you know about handsaws...glad to hear that....I think a lot of folks miss out on the satisfaction of using one that performs well.

Don


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 Post subject: Re: Great Saw find
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"I hit this slope in 2008 after losing a lung & having to cut down on my sawdust intake....been sliding ever since!"
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