I like straight handled hacksaws better than the modern pistol grips so whenever I find one it seems to follow me home. The Millers Falls #26 seen above came in a boxlot of tools that I bought at a local auction.
I disassembled the saw and examined all the parts. After determining that all the parts were in good condition except for some rust it was time for de-rusting. The small parts went into EvapoRust and the bigger parts went into the electrolysis tank.
After the de-rusting process all the metal parts were cleaned up on a non-woven abrasive wheel. Most of the nickel plating on the frame was long gone. Having it re-plated was not an option because of the expense. If I had a dozen frames then nickel plating would have been cost effective. A high quality metallic silver paint was used instead.
The original handle was poorly designed, too small, and pretty cheap looking. So I turned a new handle from hickory. The pic above shows the new handle in the lathe ready for sanding.
The steel stud was pressed into the new handle and the hacksaw was assembled. As can be seen in the pic above the tool is now ready for another generation of use.
I can’t keep all the tools that I restore, though I would like to, so this hacksaw is for sale if anyone is interested.
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