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    Where to get hand saw parts

    I have a back saw of indeterminate manufacture or age.
    I've just had it, and 3 other saws freshly sharpened (I tried to do it myself and needed it redone properly for a project), but the handle is loose.
    He handle is loose at one of the 2 through rivets. I believe it needs a new handle, which I could make on my bandsaw, but I would need to cut off the rivets with my grinder and replace them with screw units. Does anyone know where to access these screw units? Preferably in Canada, but if through Amazon USA I could make it work.
    Thanks in advance
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    The mention of the current handle being held on by rivets makes me wonder if this saw is worth the work of making a new handle.

    Then Pete Taran posted:

    Before you do that though, care to post a picture of your project? The earliest saws had riveted handles and are worth more to a collector than a user. We're talking 18th century.
    Pictures always help.

    Though many a time my efforts have been focused on rehabilitating something worth less than the labor it requires.

    PM to be sent.

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    Your best source is to visit a yard sale or flea market and look for rusted, junker handsaws with nice brass hardware. For a couple bucks you can get a good set. Before you do that though, care to post a picture of your project? The earliest saws had riveted handles and are worth more to a collector than a user. We're talking 18th century.

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    Aaron, it seems there isn't a way to send you a private message on SMC.

    If there is a way to get your address my way, a couple of saw nuts will be sent.

    Otherwise they are often available on ebay.

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    So I've gone nuts trying to set the pictures so they fit here ....Copy Back saw handle II.JPGCopy Back saw handle.JPG
    Not being a collector, I've no idea it could be worth more that way.
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    Thank you. I'll contact them
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    I'll be happy to visit next time I'm south of Seattle.

    Thanks
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    Sure don't look like 18th century saw handles.

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    I concur. Looks to be 1960s vintage to me.

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    This D12 Disston was missing a handle, saw nuts and was rusty.

    I designed and made a curly maple handle, put new saw nuts on.
    I also filed the tooth line off, taped a 10 tpi tooth pattern, hand filed new teeth,
    sharpened and set the teeth crosscut. You can make the saw vice in this link.
    https://www.popularwoodworking.com/j...made-saw-vise/

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