I mentioned in a recent post that I found this saw at a garage sale. It's by W. Tyzack Sons & Turner PLC, and the seller thought it might've been from the 1950's or 60's. He's probably right, but could be later based on the interesting "medallion".
|The saw as-found|
|Can you call it a medallion if it's not made of metal?|
|It's some kind of plastic that fits around an ordinary saw bolt.|
The owner had made his own handle for it and also included the original handle. His African mahogany handle looked very nice, but it didn't fit my hand well - in fact, he said it was too big for him, too. The part that the hand wraps around was way too thin.
I don't own any, but I've seen saws where the saw plate at the front is shallower than at the back. This saw was like that, but when I looked closer, I saw that the front of the plate was just pounded further up into the brass back.
|Back end - a little over 1/4" extends up into the brass back.|
Due to where the brass back sits in the handle's mortise, it couldn't go any further up.
|At front the plate it's jammed way up near the top of the slit.|
I tapped the back up to even it out with the back end.
The brass back is massive, so the saw is relatively heavy. I sanded the back and the plate. They didn't need much, but they look better now. The saw plate had a little curvature to it, but I was able to bend it back into straight. Then I put the original beech handle back on.
|On the underside of the lower horn was a past owner name (not the seller)|
|Original handle reinstalled|
This still didn't look right to me, so I removed the handle, scraped and sanded it, and did a little reshaping. I like it much better now.
|Added the notches (large arrows),|
eased the lower horn (medium arrow) where heel of hand touches, and
eased the sharp transitions (small arrows) that I just didn't like.
After a couple coats of BLO and a good sharpening, she's ready to go. I kept the teeth at 12 tpi rip, though I might change that later. I've made a few test cuts, and it felt ... OK - nothing special. Only time will tell if I like it.
|Right side (clocked screws, just because ...)|