From the Saw Shop Hall of Shame: Damaged Atkins handsaw handle


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

damaged atkins handsaw handle

Sometimes, in the process of working on customer tools or restoring tools for my inventory, I run across things that are so bad, they just beg for a Wall of Shame to put them on :).

This is (was) what should have been a decent little Atkins handsaw with a “flower” patten handle. It came to me in a bundle of other saws, otherwise I’d never have picked it up.

This is a great example of why I always say to NEVER leave a tool handle without finish on it (you can see where the original shellac finish chipped and peeled off the handle). Yup, that’s not only a split in the handle, it’s a vertical split following the blade slot. Unfortunately, that split severely compromises the structural integrity of the handle, so this saw was one for the trash.

Protect your tool handles!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Christmas 2012 Countdown Sale!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

For 2 days only, Dec. 15 and Dec. 16, take 50% off the list price of any of our high quality restored vintage tools! Handsaws and crosscut saws by Disston, Atkins, and Simonds, axes and splitting mauls by True Temper, Kelley, Snow and Nealley, Collins, Atha, and Plumb, planes by Stanley and Keen Kutter, and more!

(sale price is applied to original list price and may not be combined with any other sale discount currently in progress)

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 16 days!: Disston D-8 thumbhole rip saw


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

Disston D-8 thumbhole saw

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

Disston D-8 1896-1917 Rip 26″ 5.5 —

D-8 “thumbhole” handles are hard to find and this was the most comfortable of any years! Rugged, beefy blade. Handle refinished with our linseed oil finish and textured spar urethane clearcoat.

$100

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Christmas 2012 Carpenter’s Package (handsaw set) Sale!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

Here’s a Christmas special for carpenters (or anyone else!) needing a set of top quality handsaws to outfit their tool box. Disston, Atkins, Simonds, and other quality restored vintage saws available!

Take 2 handsaws (1 rip, 1 crosscut) from our stock or custom order and take HALF OFF the lesser price saw!

or

Take 3 handsaws (1 rip, 2 crosscut) from our stock or custom order and get the lowest price saw FREE!

Sale good until 12/24/12.

Call me at 207-399-7108 or email me to order, or visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

From the Saw Shop, questions and answers: handsaw lamb’s tongues, cracked handsaw blades, and more!


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works restored antique tools

You’ve got questions, I’ve got answers!

1. (question about when did Disston stop putting the lamb’s tongue on saw handles)

The gracefully curved and carved thin loop at the bottom of saw handles is a dead giveaway to a great old vintage handsaw. Even though Disston got away from carving the lamb’s tongue about 1900 to presumably make the handles less likely to be damaged and save money by making the handles simpler, the shape of the lamb’s tongue persisted on some saws such as the D-7 right up until Disston lost its identity as a separate company in the late 1950s.

2. (question about cracks on the tooth side of a handsaw)

Most handsaws, when abused by digging the teeth in and pushing, will bend the blade. Dig in hard enough and push hard and fast enough and, if the blade doesn’t simply snap, it will partially crack starting at the teeth. A cracked handsaw blade WILL eventually snap. If the crack is far enough toward the toe of the blade and you can deal with a bit shorter saw, it is possible to save a cracked saw by cutting it off at the point of the crack and reshaping the toe.

3. (how to tell if a handsaw needs straightening)

The easiest way to tell if a handsaw needs to be straightened is to watch the way it works. If the saw whips back and forth and vibrates when it’s pulled back through the kerf, the blade is objectionably bent.

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

Restored vintage tools for Christmas 2012, 23 days!: Simmons Keen Kutter


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

SwiftWater restored vintage tools

Need a unique gift that you will NOT be able to find in any store anywhere? Take a restored, high quality, vintage tool from SwiftWater Edge Tool Works!

Simmons Keen Kutter 816 saw
Simmons Keen Kutter 816 saw

Keen Kutter 816 1935-1955 Crosscut 24″ 10tpi —

This saw is an E.C. Simmons labeled Keen Kutter (early) and is an OEM version of the Keystone (Disston) K-3 “Pacemaker”. Keen Kutter etch is complete but quite faded. Handle refinished with our special linseed oil finish.

$50

Call me at 207-399-7108, email me at saw@swiftwatertel.com, or visit me at any mobile sharpening stop to purchase this item!

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!

From the Saw Shop: restoring a damaged saw handle, from ugly duckling to swan.


Vern Burke, SwiftWater Edge Tool Works

Skowhegan, ME

George Bishop 12 saw handle

This is an 1880s George Bishop #12 crosscut hand saw handle in barn fresh condition. These were an absolutely gorgeous handle, at least until someone thought breaking the loop on this one was a great idea. At least all the pieces are there, thanks to someone goobering it back together with screws.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The two individual pieces of the broken loop are glued up.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The two broken pieces that were reattached together are now glued back into place in the handle. This required a bit of reshaping to get them to fit as one piece (the first break was the middle of the loop, then both sides broke out separately).

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The handle is now back in one piece, the old screw holes are filled, the repaired breaks are filled, and the first sanding pass is done.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The repaired handle is now finish sanded and waiting for finish.

George Bishop 12 saw handle

The handle is just waiting for our special linseed oil based finish to dry, and then it’s back to the saw. Now it’s gorgeous!

swiftwater edge tool works restored vintage tools

Visit me at any of the following locations:

B&G Treasures, 11 Depot St, Norridgewock, ME (Mondays)

Tractor Supply, Skowhegan, ME (Tuesday)

Somerset Woods turnout, Canaan Rd (Rt 2), Skowhegan,ME (Wednesday)

Arundel Flea Market, Rt 1 & Log Cabin Rd, Arundel, ME (Saturday)

Fryeburg Flea Market (Fryeburg Fairgrounds), Fryeburg, ME
(Sundays, Memorial Day thru end of September)

298 W Front St, Skowhegan, ME (all other days)

If you’re looking for a special tool, please drop me an
email and let me know and I’ll restore one just for you!

SwiftWater Edge Tool Works provides mobile sharpening services across Maine and mail in services around the world for handsaws, carbide blades, planer knives, hand planes, chain saws, knives, scissors, hair clippers, router bits, and almost any blade!