Wednesday, November 30, 2011

DISSTON BACK SAW

Today it's another Disston saw.
This time an old smaller back saw.
I'm always on the look out for nice older saws in good shape.
This one is from the 1940's -1950's.   Not new looking, but totally functional.  I used this on my Stitching Horse...
I also own a really long backsaw but sometimes it's just too big, this one is just the right size for smaller jobs.
you just can't buy a super quality back saw today without spending a large amount of money.  So even if the saw looks a little rough, but it's straight... get it!  It's Vintage Gear for Guys.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MID 1800'S STITCHING HORSE RESTORED

Well if you remember a few weeks ago, I picked up a vintage Stitching horse.
I wanted to actually use this one so I had to "restore" it a bit.
The main problem with it was it didn't touch, and if you need it to clamp your leather... that's a problem.
I linseeded the wood and the grain and color really show nicely.
I had to repair a crack in the bottom of the wood as you can see.
I also had to add a wedge of wood (all oak) because it had warped a bit over the last 150 years.
Here it was when I first got it... old, weathered and forgotten.
Look at that tiger grain on the handle... hidden away all these years.
I didn't go crazy on making a piece of furniture, but more a working tool.  I'll leather coat these pieces once it's all dry.
Here you can really see the what I believe is American Chestnut and the worm holes from long ago...
Another great shot of the solid hunk of wood between the bent pieces.
It's almost too pretty to use... almost.
Just goes to show, even if something looks old and forgotten.. with a little elbow grease and sandpaper that is, you can give an old tool new life for another 150 years... It's Vintage Gear for Guys!