Antique Rusty Pruning Saw - Too Broken to Restore... I Make a New One

פורסם בתאריך 7 אוק 2020
This old rusty and broken pruning rip saw was sent to me by a follower on Instagram. He was on a mission to clean the Swiss Alps from trash. They removed around two tons of trash in total. At the Albert-Heim-Hut, which was built in 1918, he found this old pruning saw. It must have been digged into the ground for decades. It was in a terrible condition to say the least. The handle was missing half of it and the wood was rotten. The blade looked very bad, it had very thick layers of rust and dirt on it.

Right when I saw this saw for the first time on a picture I knew this will be a very difficult project. It was very obvious that I need to replace the handle, the question was if I could possibly save the blade. Because otherwise there would be nothing left from the original saw after the restoration. After sandblasting it was very clear right away that the damage on the blade is beyond repair. Rust has eaten away a lot of material, some teeth were missing and there was heavy pitting all over the blade. I thought for a few days what I want to do with this project. Should I trash it and start something new, or should I keep going and replace what needs to be replaced, even though there would only two brass plates stay from the original saw. I also asked this question to my Patreon and channel members and the answer was a very clear „yes, keep going“. And that's what I did.

For the blade I choose a stainless high carbon steel (1.4116). As the original teeth had no offset, it was very easy to make a new one. Therefore was the blade tapered, I managed to achieve that with a file. For the hardening I wraped the blade in stainless steel foil, heat it up to 1050°C for a good 20 minutes and then quench in preheated (60°C) oil. I only made one tempering cycle right after the quench in a bakeoven for 2 hours at 250°C. I didn't want the blade to be too hard so it can still stay felxible.

I decided to make the handle out of smoked oak. It's a very common wood in Switzerland. That was my first time working with this type of wood and I loved it. Its hardness made it very nice to work with. The dark color fits perfectly with the brass.

I think this project is a very good example of the ship of Theseus. Even though there are just two parts left from the original saw, you could say this is a new saw and others might say it's still the old one just restored/repaired. For me this is clear, it still is the old saw. What happens if the handle of your saw breaks? You'll replace it and it's still your saw.
What happens if the blade breaks short after? You'll replace it and it's still your saw.

I hope you like my work and the video.

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Time and costs of this project:

$5 steel for the blade 1.4116
$2 smoked oak (wood)
$50 dovetail mill for saw teeth

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  • Please note: This video was not created for the meme. I really wanted to restore this saw when I first saw it. It's obvious that the handle is gone and I was hoping to save the blade. I tried for two days to weld up material, but it didn't work and turned out to be mess. So instead of trashing the whole project I kept going and this is the result. Edit: 1) The teeth of this saw had no set, as seen on the original blade after the sandblasting. Instead the blade is tapered. 2) I know this can't be called a restoration, that's why I title this video not as restoration.

    • Очень жаль, что от пилы остались одни бронзовые накладки. Но результат работы прекрасный!

    • @Steamrick tig + HSS ???

    • What meme?

    • I love your videos and I have subbed with post notes on all❤️❤️

    • It appears my meme detection has failed me

  • Really? When you can buy a new one for a few buck?

  • An excellent example of the Ship of Theseus thought experiment. If you replace all the parts of a tool, is it the same tool?

  • 6:30 Discord logo vibes anyone?

  • Зачем,в фольгу заворачивают полотно перед закалкой,такая технология?

  • What grit do you use in your sandblasted?

  • You are very able.sure,in this case we have no restoring,since handle,blade and both cylinders passed away

  • Simplesmente fantástico, não canso de ver esses vídeos, muito capricho...Parabéns...

  • Beautiful work.... but set those teeth!😀

    • Какая тут реставрация? По сути сделал полностью новую пилу

  • I love how you use the tools you have restored to restore new ones

    • Странное хобби, всё сделал по новой. У него всё есть и печь для закалки и станки и руки золотые. Спасибо автору ролика.

  • It's like one of those home restorations where, to satisfy some local agency, you keep a single brick wall or an arch and build an entire new house around it.

  • Abicim sen nasıl bir sanatkarsın böyle yahu.Hayran olmamak elde değil.Böyle ustanın eli öpülür ancak🙏

  • super, bravo..............

  • Very bad

  • Meaninglessful. disappointed It could be saved, but you made new one

    • Woman from a romance novel, sobbing, "My Mechanics, my heart is broken." My Mechanics, hair(probably) blowing in the wind: I make a new one.

  • Норм

  • Very interesting 😃 I think the new saw is a fitting homage to the old one

  • Is there anything he can't do .......!

  • Every video on this channel is fantastic! Nice touch using the restored Arbor press when inserting the brass sleeve.

  • technically, you made a new saw by yourself

    • Yes, that what the title of the video says

  • "this is my dad's axe I only replaced the handle and the head" haha. Sucks it couldn't be restored but still a cool video

    • Please note: This video was not created for the meme. I really wanted to restore this saw when I first saw it. It's obvious that the handle is gone and I was hoping to save the blade. I tried for two days to weld up material, but it didn't work and turned out to be mess. So instead of trashing the whole project I kept going and this is the result. Edit: 1) The teeth of this saw had no set, as seen on the original blade after the sandblasting. Instead the blade is tapered. 2) I know this can't be called a restoration, that's why I title this video not as restoration.

    • Many thanks for watching :-)

  • This one should be called “I make a new saw”. (A beautiful one to be sure. )

    • It shouldn't just be called that, no, IT IS actually called I make a new one.

  • This is no restore

    • Read the title, nobody said this is restore

  • This was absolutely not worth restoring.

  • hey you still saved the brass brackets so that's a least some of it. it counts. the new handle is gorgeous!

  • The moment you threw out the blade, i stopped watching. Why? I've seen you do things that were more difficult. But with a new blade and new handle, it's essentially not repaired but replaced.

  • No one *My Mechanics using a saw to make a saw* Me: Why? 😂🤣 I absolutely love it tho 😂🤣

  • Make a second channel for your own personal crazy creative things

    • @my mechanics you reply?❤️❤️❤️❤️ wow amazing

    • I have a second channel 'my mechanics insights'

  • I was kind of glad when you made a new saw blade I had no idea how you would do it then in a matter of mins ta dah new amaxing saw blade! The brass eye in the hole at the end was a joy to behold!

  • Robisz nowe? Czy odnawiasz?

  • Goddamn this channel its so good !! Greetings from chile

  • beautiful work. I've worked in a museum, and I can tell you that there was more restoration in your rebuild than you'll find in a lot of 'historical' artifacts behind the glass. One important step you forgot though: setting the saw teeth. You need to bend the alternate teeth out slightly in different directions so that the cut you make in the wood is always slightly wider than the saw blade itself. This prevents (or at least lessens) jamming. There is a tool you can get which does this, it looks similar to a hand rivet tool but shorter. Maybe you can find one to restore or make one for yourself. Alternatively, since you're great with machines, you might machine a saw tooth setting thing which you could use to do all the teeth at once in a bench vice. Anyway, great job.

  • Nice work... At least you were able to save a couple of pieces from the original. 😀

  • 👝

  • I really love the wood, and am open to any kind of information about that process of treatment !

  • This reminds me of an axe my Grandad used to talk about, said he'd had it for 30 years, only 3 new heads and 5 new handles :) Beautiful work.

  • I don't understand why he spends time restoring antiques when he can just make new items in the same old style. What value does using the original metal provide?

  • completely useless job

  • в Китае так исторические здания реставрируют :) старое сносят, строят копию и называют это реставрацией :)

  • Congratulation for the new saw.

  • 테세우스의 배...?

  • Този трион без чапраз, няма как да реже!

  • いやいやいや、その刃を直さないとダメだから👎作ったら、意味ない。素の刃を削って直すなら高評価なんだけど、新しく作り直してる時点で低評価だし、登録もしない。なんの為の素の刃を取ったわけ?それはないわ〜。乙です。

  • This guy is like: my dog was hit by a car and died. I make a new one.

  • So instead of repairing it, you made a reproduction version, showcasing both your machinist and woodworking skills. Good job!

  • Brilliant - In another 50 years it gets restored and they change the brass plates. It'll be like Trigger's sweeping brush (Look it up on You Tube...)

  • I love when I see you using things you've restored in previous videos to do restorations on other items.

  • This old broom has had 17 new heads and 18 new handles.

  • это не реставрация а изготовление. от старой ничего не осталось.

  • я только не понимаю почему Antique пилке лет 10 не больше. А если валялась на улице то 5.

  • Pienso que el titulo debería ser fabricación... o recuperación de piezas de serrucho... por que la verdad casi todo es nuevo.... de igual manera no es hate, buen video gracias a ellos consigo el sueño y de paso que aprendo de procesos de metal mecánica. Saludos desde Perú.

  • Ножовка, рашпиль, молоток, токарный, фрезерный станок. Лобзик? нет, не слышал.

  • Much as I enjoy watching the skills, sometimes the ends don't justify the means. You can get a perfectly good pruning say (that folds) for under £10 from any half decent DIY store.

  • Is this the guy that Trigger used to fix his broom???

  • no set on the teeth?

  • Ни разводку зубьев не сделал, ни ножны никакие! Что это за фигня блин? И да! Эта пилка даже сосну пилит как тупой нож мясо 🤦‍♂️ А так да круто, конечно! Нажрочил как кот яйца - блемстит как золотая! 😉

  • "I make a new one... but this time not just some pieces, the whole thing" :D

  • If those rivet plates could talk...they would say "the guy dropped the saw and we were later recycled for use with a new saw patterned after the one we were originally a part of."

  • Is it still the same saw?

  • I’ll make a new one or I made a new one as precise as your machining

  • This is not a restoration!

  • Zzzzz

  • Gggg

  • Wo

  • Perfeckt

  • Amazing work!

  • Great craftsmanship as always, but this is like restoring a compound bow and reusing only the string.

  • Lol, the only thing salvageable was the 2 brass side plates on the handle.

  • In a hundred years when we are dead and buried, somebody is going to come on to your items and restore them

  • Machined to perfection

  • It turned out not to be a saw, but a piece of jewelry! Just a masterpiece! Bravo!

  • Só aproveitou a peça que prende a lâmina no cabo? Meio que não compensou, nem é restauração é fabricação de uma peça nova

  • You r a magician ❤️

  • You basically made a whole new saw... and it's impressive.

    • Странное хобби, всё сделал по новой. У него всё есть и печь для закалки и станки и руки золотые. Спасибо автору ролика.

    • Many thanks for watching :-)

  • Wonderful and beautiful!

  • Всё хорошо что хорошо это понятно но непонятно одно зачем мастера занимающиеся реставрациями во многих видео роликах занимаются ненужным вроде есть и станки и есть приспособы всякие так нет какой то не нужный понт создают там чего-то напильником наждачкой надфилями когда есть и болгарки и станки за, ем часами дрочить шлифовать быстрее же будет агригатом и эффект акуратности тот-же самый? Зачем?

  • Это не восстановление

  • Il mio preferito complimenti

  • Да там родного ничего не осталось, кроме маленьких двух пластинок. Это изделие не может считаться отреставрированным

  • lem biru aja boss... gak pake ribet

  • For such a simple uncomplicated restoration, its magical. A work of art it sure is.

  • I do not know English and write through an interpreter, I apologised in advance I'm Russian, I really like your videos, it would be good if you do subtitles on Russian to each of your videos

  • Ни хрена себе, у автора станочный парк ! Или он работает сторожем при МТС ?!?

  • Excellent job - reminds me of 'Trigger's Broom'.

  • 👍

    • Me(handing over my life for restoration) This guy: it's beyond repair, unfortunately I couldn't save much of it . I make a new one! 😁

  • Perfect

  • Можно было деревянную ручку эпоксидкой залить. Сохранили бы и её

  • Sehr gute Arbeit 👍 Das Design des Messers gefällt mir sehr.

    • "Unfortunately I couldn't save much of the original" but you saved design that is a part of history. Material is as body, design is as soul.

  • The ultimate “I make a new one!” Episode. Beautiful saw. ❤️

  • Просто золотые руки 👍

  • Новая пила с завода🤣😂

  • Думал, канал про реставрацию, а в данном видео изготовление новой ножовки.

  • Haan! This not restore you made completely new the only thing is reused is the brass nod.not impressed 👎

  • МикроОн решает, без звука смотреть неинтересно

  • Its should call. Make a new one bro, can't call restore, but its so nice :)

  • All that was saved was the brass plates. XD. He made this thing new.

  • The beautiful Saw of Theseus.

  • Ma questo non è restauro, è una ricostruzione ex novo...

  • The perfect balance of fine art and precision craftsmanship. IMHO the world needs a bit less of virtual computer generated (even though it's ubiquitous) and more of these real, physically existing, tangible objects. Thank you for sharing!

  • Perfect work! Perfectionist!