09 March 2012
Refurbished Disston Carcase Saw
It doesn't rain, it pours. It's been just over two years since I started looking out for old saws, and in all that time I have only found one decent backsaw-a beautiful Vickers carcase with a brass back. This is my 3rd backsaw, a Disston from the early 1940's. I cleaned & finished the handle using the same method as the Charlesworth saw. With the saw plate however, I took a short cut, using a powered palm sander through the various grits. I never noticed an appreciable difference from the sander working in a random orbital direction as opposed the the hand method of working with the grain, but the condition of the plate was not great. I suppose discretion is required-with a saw in a good condition, I would not risk using the sander.