Maintaining your Saws

Maintain your saws using products we use every day—and here's how: just download our .pdf, Demystifying the Traditional Backsaw. The first half of the presentation shows you step-by-step how to clean and restore your sawplate, handle, saw back and fasteners back into a fully-tuned saw ready for another century's worth of use by you and those who succeed you in future generations. You'll also find many of the products listed below and how it is we use them. No, there are no kickbacks from the supplier—they're just good products we vouch for which have stood the test of time, because we clean and restore saws every day.

Here they are:


Get a Bad Axe Saw MoM to clean up your filthy saws: $30

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Contrary to popular belief, the kind of paraphernalia we offer for your saw addictions do not include glass pipes, tourniquets and dirty needles; rather, nicely contained here in a Bad Axe coffee mug is what you need to get started cleaning up your latest eBay purchase in your ongoing quest for vintage saw nirvana. I call this concoction a Bad Axe Saw MoM (aka Mug o' Maintenance).

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Included with this compact, yet replete saw maintenance kit are coarse and fine abrasive pads, a dynamite rust eraser block, the best polish and surface protectant I've found for saw steel yet, and a sunshine cloth for buffing up your fasteners. Also included small tool-wise are an exacto knife, razor scraper and dental pick for carefully ridding your vintage handle and fasteners of a century's worth of accumulated grime, paint splatters and other such filth that just doesn't belong on your newly acquired Disston Acme 120. I've also included a 24" x 24" sheet of vapor-corrosion-inhibitor (VCI) paper for use when you wrap up a sawplate for extended storage. Heck, you even get an official Bad Axe Tool Works carpenter pencil—how about that? All nicely packaged in a Bad Axe coffee mug for the muddy Joe of your choice. For those of you who haven 't reviewed my DIY articles on how to clean a sawplate and restoring a saw handle, these links will take you there, where you'll see how I use many of the included items in your new mug o' saw maintenance (Bad Axe Bench Hook and vintage Wheeler Madden Clemson 12" carcase saw in the background not included :).

We also offering two great products to lubricate and protect your saw steel, and to preserve the wood handle of your vintage saw. And oh-by-the-way, both of these products are GREAT things to buy for SWMBO/HWMBO for household use. Here they are:


Spraybees Sawplate Lube & Handle Protectant: Here's a great product you'll use for everything:sawplate lubricant, rust-barrier for your tools, buff out your handles, and for that matter, it's a great furniture polish for the household. If you want an invisible protective shield for important stuff, this is it. $19.95

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Kramer's Antique Improver is a product we've used from the beginning to clean and resotore vintage saw handles, and for that matter, any antique wood you want to rejuvenate. A little goes a long way. Simply use an old t-shirt to rub it into the wood across the grain to soak it well into the pores. Once you completely cover all surfaces, wipe it down really well and let it dry before finishing, if at that point you wish to take it a step further. This is a great tupentine and beeswax-based product applicable for any antique wood finish you want to bring back to life. $19.95

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Introducing the Wizard's Family of Metal Polishes, Sealants, Lubricants and Protectants

Wizard's Metal Renew - $19.95
Wizard's Mystic Wax Spray - $9.95
Wizard's Metal Renew gets the grunt work done when scrubbing a century's worth of rust—all you need is plenty of elbow grease. Wizard's 'Mystic Wax Spray is a synthetic wax using nano technology to put on a final glisten on your blade that serves as both lubricant and protectant. It makes a noticeable difference deep in the cut.

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Wizards Metal Polish - $14.95   Wizard's Power Seal - $19.95
Wizard's metal Polish is what you'll reach for after removing rust and scale with the metal renew, and will put a great shine on the metal. Format is impregnated in cotton, torn off in size required.    

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