Hi again;

today’s topic is saws… once upon a time I had a chainsaw. it was a Husqvarna 40. I got it used for $10 because it was nearly new but the first owner put regular gas in it and couldn’t get it to start again… I went to a saw shop and asked them to get me a new piston ring.. the ring is $10. The guy there told me that it wasn’t worth fixing so I should let him have it for $50 for spare parts. Yeah right. I said; “so for that $50 and a $10 ring and honing the cylinder you’ll then sell it for $100?” he laughed and replied, ” Nah, I can get at least $150 for that”… I used it on and off for nearly 30 years. then it died. and they don’t make replacement parts anymore. so with a little research I discovered that what was the old Husqvarna line was now the Poulan line available nearly everywhere. so I got one and used it. and put it away, and two years later it wouldn’t start. And no one will “fix” them or do maintenance on them.. so with much research I ended up looking inside the gas tank to discover that the gas line was all busted up… so no fuel to the engine. $10 for line and new fuel filter. and it ran fine. until it was put away for most of a year. and now it won’t run again…

Why am I rambling on about chainsaws when I spend most of my time advocating for the use of hand tools? because all of that was just lead in for what today’s project turned out to be…

Saw restoration.

I have had this saw knocking around for a few years, I keep telling myself to restore it so that I won’t need a chainsaw. Well it is time. That handle must go (soft/rotted) the plate needs cleaning, but the teeth are almost sharp enough to use.IMG_0534

the saw nuts came off easily enough:


and finding a pattern on the internet for the handle was super simple:


so a little more sanding on the handle and oil it (BLO) and a little sanding on the plate and wax it (butcher’s wax) and we shall see how it goes!

be well


Post update: IT’S ALIVE!!!!! … maybe could use a touch up on the teeth…

Talk about your cardio! whew



Make a Stool class at the Morris Arboretum!

Well I am exhausted!  3 days last week and a day and a half this week just to be ready to start!

and I had some watchers!

And there were 3 pair of Red Breasted Nuthatches nesting  in the room, they were NOT happy with me being there! they would fly in behind me, and then leave by flying in front of me to the opposite end of the room, land, and SCREAM at me and fly out. almost comical, and their little voices are loud in that enclosed space.  Sadly they were too quick to get a good picture of.

So:  Ready…Set…


We have Amur Beech for legs, and big pieces of Black Walnut to get slabs for seats out of.

I think I need to include more about tool selecting advice in the syllabus.  I don’t want to promote specific brands, but I also don’t want to  say the “X” brand is crap, even if it is. But even with just 5 students, too many junk new tools have shown up here.

Class went well, we got well along on making a leg (actually most of the students got 3  or 4 leg blanks axed out and well along with shaving a leg).  Not really far enough along to finish the stools by the end of class, but speed comes with time and practice.

be well all