In this Instructable I will give you the basic tools you need to restore an old hand saw to its former glory.
I was out with the wife, hitting up local garage sales, when we stopped at a condo community whose residents are mostly retired. They had Tupperware, pots, pans, and assorted nicknacks. I wandered around there small garage and didn’t see anything I was interested in. I turned to head out and venture onto the next garage when I bumped my knee on something. It was a hand saw with a 50 Cent sticker on it. I did not hesitate, I grabbed it up and handed it to my wife as she headed toward the elderly couple at the back of the garage. I figured I could always use a saw for hacking up 2X4s and treated lumber.
Upon arriving home I inspected my various finds. Upon closer inspection I realized there was markings on the blade and an emblem on the handle. I am curious by nature and decided to do some investigation. Scratching off some of the rust with 000 steal wool i found the name Disston and Son’s and decided to do a little Google search. Come to find out Disston is a very historic and well thought of saw, with amazing history. My looking at the emblem on the handle I was able to find out that my saw was made some time in the 50’s. I decided to restore the saw to its former glory and make it usable again.
Step 1: Supplies
1. Most important is a steal of a saw. I have gotten them at flea markets, garage sales, and even online when I don't mind spending a little extra.
2. Sand paper of light grit for stain and paint removal on handle.
3. Steel wool of various size.
4. Rust Remover- In this case I used Naval Jelly. Other people swear by Evaporust, I will try it in the future.
5. Paper towels, or many rags.
6. Tool oil. I used 3m but have recently added T-9 Boeshield
7. Stain and/or finish for the handle.