I knocked this one out on a beater saw solely for the
purpose of making
pictures. It leaves a little to be desired. When I do
this on a keeper I always practice first so I can get
the feel down correctly.
This one was a quickie, but it gives you the general
The process is this: You need to remove the finish, and
this has been
I would like to
comment on the saw handle restoration questions. I have
done about 50 of these handles, and have learned a
little about doing them in the process.
First thing: sandpaper will ruin the arises, don't use
sandpaper in the process until the very end, and then
use only very fine paper and use it sparingly.
I use cabinet scrapers to remove the old finish. The
scrapers will not hurt the arises provided that you pay
attention to what you are doing. I make smaller
scrapers to fit into the openings in the handles. The
scrapers have to be used with only a small amount of
pressure. I don't try to remove any dents or defects in
the wood, only the finish. The dents and defects are
history, and they belong there.
After all the finish is removed using the scrapers, I
then use 220 or finer paper to just barely smooth the
surface. My finish of choice is a couple of coats of very thin
garnet shellac for color, and then I shoot several thin
coats of clear lacquer. When the lacquer is thoroughly
dry I rub it out with #0000 steel wool, and then wax it.
With regard to the reworking of the wheat carving: A
couple of galoots can attest to the fact that I do a
pretty good job of restoring the carving, and of carving
entirely new wheat on handles. I was taught to do this
with a very sharp vee tool, 60 degrees. You need to do a
considerable amount of practicing before you attempt to
do one for
real. Draw the wheat pattern and carve it on scrap until
you can do a good job. I have found that when I don't do it for a
while that I need to spend some time practicing or I will mess up a
Lay out the pattern with a pencil.
Cut the base line with a knife. You don't need to remove
any material, just score a line that you can follow.