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Hi all,can anybody advise me,I have a saw that was in a sorry state and took the handle off cleaned the blade and sanded the handle which is beech what would the best finish for the handle be.Thanks Paul.
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Polyurethane spar varnish is about as good as it gets for outdoor use Paul.
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Polyurethane spar varnish is about as good as it gets for outdoor use Paul.
Something that I do is mix Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) 50/50 with mineral spirits then keep applying until the handle stops soaking it up. It will do wonders for the dry wood. I then just use Shellac in a spray can to seal the handles.

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Thanks for your replies all the best Paul
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have to agree w/ Bill...
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I would oil it with pure tung oil mixed with mineral spirts if it a saw you plan to use. If it for display the varnish mentioned above would be better
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Hi all,can anybody advise me,I have a saw that was in a sorry state and took the handle off cleaned the blade and sanded the handle which is beech what would the best finish for the handle be.Thanks Paul.
Hi, Paul.

Can you please, show the method you used to clean the blade? I have a pair of them in the same sorry conditions.

Thank you in advance.

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Hi, Paul.

Can you please, show the method you used to clean the blade? I have a pair of them in the same sorry conditions.

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I have several methods to clean the plates on saws. If I am trying to remove rust from and plate that has an etch on the blade, and I want to preserve the etch, I use WD-40 to soak the rust on the plate. I then use a single edge razor blade holder and scrape the loosened rust off with a razor. I sometimes utilize a maroon Scotchbrite pad and WD. I repeat as often as necessary to remove the rust. If the plate is not pitted, too badly, it can usually be saved.

I have, also, used an electrolysis method to remove the rust. You can Google this method and it is easy to do. I, also, use this for refurbishing rusted plane bodies.

If the rust is not too heavy I use a Boeshield product called Rust Free. It is a weak Phosphoric acid product that does an excellent job of removing rust from any metal. I use this product on everything from cast iron table saws, to hand tools. There are probably other products using Phosphoric acid that may be more readily available to you locally.

Getting the heavy rust off is just the start. If a plate is pitted then you have to get into the pits to get the rust in the bottoms. If you don't it will eventually come back. This is where the electrolysis method shines. Chemical treatments don't always get it removed.

Once the rust is gone I sometimes sand the plates, using progressively finer grits until the plate is smooth and usable ( I refurbish my saws and planes to use...I do not collect!).

Once the plate is usable and the handle cleaned, I reassemble and resharpen and re-set the teeth as needed.

I have salvaged some really nice $1.00 garage sale saws into some fine usable saws.

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Hi Alexis
Bill has give a lot of ideas to use which you would get good results from.I was only trying to get my saw back to some sort of resonable state using 180,240,and 320 wet and dry and was happy with the result all rust was removed and when i finish the handle and refit to saw it is 100% improvement and now have a expensive saw for a few pounds.I have 3 more saw's to do and if they come out the same way i will be pleased.
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for the rust removal...

Borax and Lemon juice

1. Mix together equal parts Borax and lemon juice.
2. Apply the resulting solution to the rust by spraying or dabbing it on (if the object is large), or by submerging the object in a bath of the solution (if the object is small).
3. Allow the solution to soak in for 30 minutes. Then, rinse the object off; and dry thoroughly.
4. Repeat the process, if rust remains.
5. Use a green scrubby to loosen the rust after you have applied the solution.

wax your saw after you get it cleaned...
oiled handles are kinder to your hands and more comfortable to use over poly and varnishes...
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