It is a little late in the game
for me, but some
might benefit from my
I thought I was not going to take
home any more saws, but inevitably, a couple more
followed me home.
So the other day I scraped and fine
sanded another one, a #12, a model which I just
can't seem to leave behind. The rust was very
difficult to scrape and I re-sharpened my scraper
several times. It still took about an hour of
hard work to get the show side of the blade looking
Now I am getting old and weak, and I
can't expend that kind of effort if there is any
other way. So I went into the shop and found a
lathe scraper, bought from Rockler, which has a
square shaped carbide insert on the end. I tried it,
and it was like a minor miracle. The rust just
scraped off with a lot less effort, and the tool
didn't get dull.
Great! But I am not going to
give up my $50 carbide scraper to make it a rust
I talked to my machinist buddy who
made me a scraper much like the store bought tool.
It is a piece of 1/2" round stock which he milled a
flat on, then drilled and tapped a screw hole to
attach a clamp which holds the carbide. The carbide
is just a scrap which he ground on 4 sides to give
me 4 cutting edges.
I just tried this tool on an old D7,
and I was amazed at how well it worked.
I scraped off all
the rust on this side of the saw in less than 2
It has not been sanded.
Close-up of business end. A square
piece of carbide clamped to a holder.
The Old Millrat,
who knows that he is old too soon, and smart too