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Derek Lane29/09/2010 18:56:20
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Well the title made you look
Only done this as watching glue dry on the horse is boring(roll on tomorrow and I can get back to the shaping)
Brought these a little while ago for £1 each.After some advice thought I would clean, sharpen and put them to some use
So I took the worst looking one and cleaned one side
First a close up of the rusty side
And now the side I cleaned

This took about 1 Hour to do
What do you use and the methord used to clean any you find
Julian30/09/2010 13:30:53
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Hi Derek,
   Interesting, I have a few of these old S&J saws just like your but don't have the equipment or the skills to re-cut and set myself also some of the handle bolts are missing. Do you think it's worth sending these off to be sharpened by a pro or are they not of that level. I had thought about having a go and buying a setter with some files but didn't want to ruin what could be a good saw. What are your thoughts on these old saws ?
Would it be worth spendinf money on or would that money be better spent on something like a PAX from Axminster.
Malc30/09/2010 19:41:52
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I think that these "saw doctors" although skillful are not rocket scientists. They all had to start somewhere.
Why dont you give it a go.
Derek Lane01/10/2010 21:33:45
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If you are going to spend money on a good saw then it is worth getting it sharpened by a good Saw Doctor
The saw I have cleaned I will try and sharpen myself have already sharpened a rip saw with success so this one which cost only a £1 coin is no loss if I muck it up. Going to see how much it cost to send away just as an exercise.
Matthew Platt10/12/2010 18:16:32
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Hi Derek,
Nice haul! with a little bit of elbow grease they'll soon be cutting sweetly again.
Here's a couple of links that might help:
If you decide to sharpen them yourself:

There's also a download link to our saw sharpening pdf on our atkinson walker saw kits page, if you feel like making some fancy handles for them there are downloadble instructions and templates that you can adapt there too.
Saw files listed with the tpi that they are appropriate for in the saws section.

If you want them sharpened we do a postal sharpening service at £10.81 (or £15.28 if the teeth need recutting) including return postage.This will drop a bit if you have several done together as the postage will be more efficient.
Oh, and for shifting the rust this stuff is very effective.
Hope this helps.

Edited By sparky on 10/12/2010 19:53:35

Ron Davis10/12/2010 19:14:43
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There was an article recently in GW which described several derusting ideas, one was to have a bucket of water and washing sodam put the rusty item in the water with another iron object and connect a battery charger to it! One day I will try it out.
Dominic Gibbens11/12/2010 12:22:38
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I have a few old saws I bought at boot sales, The handles are fine but the metal on some is pitted. I did think it would be a good idea to replace the blade and then attach back to the handle.  It does seems a shame just to leave them. 
I have never got round to doing it as there are only so many saws you need. I remember looking through the book written by the bloke with the eye patch that he uses hardpoint saws as they do the job. I can see his point.
Derek Lane14/12/2010 19:40:51
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Thanks one and all for all the info. Mathew I have already seen your saw sharpening found it most interesting.
I have cleaned the saws with citric acid and they have come clean nicely

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