|Logo side of the Miter Saw|
|Back side of the saw plate.|
|Spray down the saw plate with Simple Green and let it soak for a few minutes|
|Scotch-Brite pad and a small off cut of pine. I wrap the pad around the block like a sanding block. |
|Apply elbow grease. It really doesn't take long at all or even a whole lot of effort. Change the pad like you would change sandpaper, they flatten, gum up, and wear out. I have a low tolerance for pulling out a new pad after I use all the spots on the old one. |
|Here I stopped after scrubbing one end for around two minutes to see the difference. |
|You can now make out what's left of an etching you could barely see before. "Made expressly for Goodell-Pratt Company, Toolsmiths, Greenfield - Mass. |
|One side of the saw plate clean. Flip the plate and repeat. Wipe off the remaining cleaner with a cloth. |
|Face side of the plate cleaned up.|
|After the scrubbing is done, I dry off the plate thoroughly, then I lay down a light coat of WD-40 to displace any remaining moisture, wipe that down, then apply a spray coat of beeswax furniture polish, buff that down with a clean fresh cloth and you have a very fresh and clean saw plate. |
Next comes sharpening and making a new handle. I'm still trying to nail down the right pattern handle for this saw but I have a nice piece of cherry in the shop that will work perfectly.
Ratione et Passionis
Derek, that is one beautiful miter saw. I picked up a Goodell Manufacturing Co. miter box (c1924) at a garage sale and spent a year tracking down a 28" x 5" miter saw. While I really wanted one that had the "Made expressly for Goodell Manufacturing Co." etching on it, I'm happy with the "Millers Falls Miter Box," etching.ReplyDelete
You did a beautiful job of restoring the saw plate along with preserving a very cool etching of your own. Based on the etching, I'd say that this saw sat in a Goodell-Pratt miter box some time in the mid-to late 20s and beyond.
By chance, did you pick up the miter box to go with it? Or were you looking to add it to a sawless miter box?
Looking forward to your post on making a handle.