It looked rugged on the site, hence a cheaper price for so classic a saw made by wonderful maker. Half the plate has now gone through sharpening but there is still another 50 good years of dovetailing service in it I think. It will see me out.

Anyway, I set to to sharpen the teeth and set them too. It came out fine although I think the teeth to be quite big for fine work. I will likely file them all off at some point and recut them. I removed the handle which was loose and found rust inside the enclosure of the handle which cause it to wobble and just enough flex like that will restrict your accuracy. I suspect this happened after the old woodworker passed as it is most likely that this has seen three or more users throughout its lifetime. There are three names on the handle, with my own yet to come, so as many owners did not stamp their names, it could well be more.

Firstly I planed of the damaged horn with a bench plane. to get a true a flat is essential.

I found an offcut of beech to match the beech wood handle.

I have used superglue to glue such parts together with great success as you get no slippage and the superglue holds up long term just fine. There really is very little pressure. Mostly the damage is caused by the saw falling onto a hard floor – concrete being especially bad. Best to put rubber matting down.

An accelerator speeds up the set time to near instancy and you can work the shaping immediately with no down time.

I cut the bulk of the side waste off with a tenon saw.

Then I cut the waste from the curved top using a coping saw and following the existing handle, just leaving enough on to level and shape with a rasp.

I planed the side down to flush…

…and again used the coping saw to remove the waste to the hand enclosure.

The fine rasp made short work of the coved work.

Pencilling in the cut lines helps to make sure you don’t take too much off and that you work to definitive lines.

I used a Shinto saw shaping tool to remove most of the waste.

A card scraper is perfect for perfecting the shape at minutely close levels.

And so too the bevel down chisel to cove the meeting lines inside the coves of the handle.

Sanding softens the lines and makes for comfort.

Now it looks good…

…feels fit for my hand…

…and matches my other Groves 10″ dovetail saws.

Adding a little leather dye in shellac tones down the contrast.

Some wax polish is all I need now to soften the feel to my hand.

With a few years of work it will all blend in to disappear.

I did all of this Saturday morning, amongst a dozen other things, while Jack restored his first #4 bench plane.


  1. Mircea on 7 July 2019 at 12:17 pm


    • maitreya wit on 15 November 2019 at 9:00 am

      Dear Paul, you did a very good job on the saw. I really like the repair and I learned a lot, I have a broken saw at home and now I am going to try to fix it with the new skills I learned from you. Especially about the superglue I did not know that you could glue wood that well with it, I expected I would just fall of but it turns it’s out to be a very good alternative. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  2. Robert J Amsbury on 7 July 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Repairing the horn looks straightforward when you do it step by step. Your skill makes it look easy too, which I’m sure it’s not, but it inspires me to have a go.

  3. Godfrey Millinson on 7 July 2019 at 12:32 pm

    As usual brilliant! Great to be able to continue with the old handle and the history it carries !

  4. Paul Masseth on 7 July 2019 at 12:47 pm

    It looks to be a fine saw, your repair is well fitted. [no surprise there!] I haven’t had much success at having winning bids on ebay, perhaps, in part, that is because I haven’t learned what various tools are worth in today’s market! That causes me to be a bit more reserve on my bids! I’ll keep trying, I am sure over time I’ll begin too have a better idea of the ranges of prices for various tools.
    This past week I had a relative give me a draw knife, it only has the name…
    “Fulton” stamped on it. Does that name mean anything too you? Also, can you
    pass along the best sharpening procedure for this tool. Thank you for sharing your vast woodworking knowledge.

    • Holland on 7 July 2019 at 2:36 pm

      Fulton was a brand sold by Sears in the USA well before the Craftsman brand was introduced. Since Sears never manufactured anything, but contracted with tool companies like Stanley, Sargent, Millers Falls, etc. to produce the tools that they sold. They used their own inventory codes on most of these tools, at least later on. I collect handtools & I have found these Sears tools quite a bargain on eBay.

    • Paul Sellers on 7 July 2019 at 5:23 pm

      My system is simple enough. What am I willing to go to. Not based on market values but my willingness to pay what. Then I use a sniper bid.

      • Alex on 8 July 2019 at 2:28 pm


  5. Eiffel on 7 July 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Great repair!
    I’m curious to hear your view on the Shinto saw shaping tool which seems to be a low cost alternative to a good rasp

    • Paul Sellers on 7 July 2019 at 5:21 pm

      I’m posting a blog on them tomorrow.

  6. Gary on 7 July 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.

    Did you mean “quite big for fine work” in the second paragraph? I’ll admit to pondering over “quite bug fir fine work” for a bit to (hopefully) figure it out. 🙂

    • Paul Sellers on 7 July 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Fixed. I often fix things before posting but some times it just doesn’t seem to carry through. That’s when the grammar police jump in.

  7. Steve D on 7 July 2019 at 3:16 pm


    The price of broken saw handles just tripled.

  8. David on 7 July 2019 at 10:43 pm

    These type of posts are much better than the touchy-feely tree-hugging stuff you sometimes write. Fixing a saw handle horn is something we all have to do from time-to-time.

    Thanks for a great post.

    • Peter Oster on 8 July 2019 at 12:15 am

      I find the touchy, feely stuff some of the best posts. It’s nice to see the qualities of the man that is teaching you.
      I have had teachers teach the only/best way such as dovetails. But you knew if the next fad of doing dovetails changed they would jump to it to increase their income.
      Maybe Paul’s persona is a fraud, but I don’t think so. I suspect he has gone through personal upheavals and come down on the side of integrity as life commitment.

      • David on 8 July 2019 at 3:03 am

        When it comes to qualities, having the skill to repair a saw handle, and then to teach that skill to thousands of people impresses me far more than pontificating about flowers and such. Even so, to each their own. No one will begrudge your enjoyment of Paul’s ethereal musings. I find them a bore, myself. I’d much rather read about saw handle repairs.

        • Peter Baillie on 8 July 2019 at 12:27 pm

          I think a lot of posters here find your ethereal whining a bore, David. I’m glad you have an avatar… Makes it easy to scroll straight past your pointless dribble.

          • David on 8 July 2019 at 12:50 pm

            Yet you didn’t. Odd, that.

          • Peter Baillie on 12 July 2019 at 1:28 am

            Very odd, peculiar even. Like a successful fisherman.

    • Jason M. on 8 July 2019 at 9:16 pm

      It’s Paul’s blog. He can post whatever content he wants. You’re not paying to be able to read it and you have actually learned from it, so let the man write in peace without getting disrespectful comments towards him.

  9. Richard D Hoffman on 7 July 2019 at 11:27 pm

    I wish I could find such treasures as a Groves dovetail saw here in the states, in any condition.

    • David on 8 July 2019 at 3:05 am

      Join the Midwest Tool Collectors Association. You won’t have trouble finding anything you want among its vast membership.

  10. Paul P on 8 July 2019 at 9:23 am

    There is definately a “paul sellers” effect now apparent on the internet – any mention of a brand immiediately shoots the price up on the auction sites. Similar to the effect Delia Smith had in her cooking programmes in the UK back in the 90s.

    There is a mild irony (and I mean this with no disrespect), that in that Paul’s noble attempt at bringing hand tool woodworking to the masses is starting to have, to some extent, the opposite affect. As stated on these very blog pages, 15 years ago you could pretty much pick good quality hand-tools up for next to nothing whereas now the demand (due to Paul’s tutorship) has exceeded supply and pushed prices up. Don’t misinterpret me – Paul’s blog, videos and book have been of immense use to me as a complete novice, but perhaps its time to review the policy on focussing on products, and keep the discussions primarily about techniques?

    • Paul Sellers on 8 July 2019 at 10:06 am

      I doubt that I have too much influence on prices all round. I’ve said that Lie Nielsen and veritas planes are well made and well worth the money and their prices have remained the same. Stanley and Record tools are still good value for money and £40 to £120 according to scarcity for a saw of a particular kind is simply good value at a fairly low price. For instance the modern Spear and Jackson handsaws and tenon saws at 1/6th the cost of say a Lie Nielsen or a premium Thomas Flinn makes them stable and good value. had I not spoken out about these saws or planes people would not know that they equal the premium tools in many cases. I do find it quite troubling when commenters seem to want to control me and my output because fairness really matters to me. My recent blog on the router planes by Tyzack and Preston was top address any possibility that people might feel they are better than the Record, Lie Nielsen, Stanley and Veritas.

    • Trinity Too on 8 July 2019 at 2:17 pm

      Also if an expert user like Paul doesn’t tell us about these tools and how they are used, how do we find out about them? Yes, I have (just) bought Paul’s book on essential hand tools, but there will always be other tools that aren’t covered and need being brought to attention, or tools that need more explanation/photographs/videos. So thank you, Paul.

  11. Kurt Goodwin on 8 July 2019 at 10:58 am

    Fascinating and timely. I have an old bench plane with corner gone from the handle. I had been foolishly contemplating making a new handle, much prefer this approach

    The step by step photos and comments are very helpful! Thatnks

  12. RODNEY MAGEE on 8 July 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Another informative blog Paul, thank you! I wouldn’t have thought about using “super glue” instead of a regular wood glue, the faster drying time let’s you keep on fixing the handle instead of stopping and having to wait a good idea. I haven’t found any used back saws in my area but have found panel saws and have bought a couple. I hope to have my shop together by the end of the year and will be using your teaching to help me refurbish them.

  13. Lewis Ward on 8 July 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Loves blog Paul. You inspire myself and others to do woodworking and tool repair the smart and often efficient way working with hand tools.

  14. Yohann on 8 July 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hey Paul,

    Thanks for posting this. I have an old Disston tenon saw that needs some repairs to the handle and your tutorial here makes the required steps so much clearer than what I was imagining I’d have to do.

    I do have a question for you and any of your readers who have restored saws: Is there some trick to removing the medallion? The two regular nuts unscrew easily, but the medallion seems to resist all my attempts to unscrew it. I have not tried to force it for fear of damaging the medallion or the handle, but there’s got to be a way to remove it. I wonder if it’s just corroded in place.

    • Paul Sellers on 8 July 2019 at 4:25 pm

      No trick. Sometimes one screw gets locked and cannot be unscrewed.

  15. Mike O'Neil on 8 July 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for the close up photos. The pictures are indeed worth a thousand words.

  16. Steve P on 8 July 2019 at 3:26 pm

    I’m kind of torn on this. I have a couple old saw with some chipped handles like this, as well as a wooden plow plane. I can see wanting to repair the chip, but in a way, I have left them for now because I also like the character that these battle wounds add to their look and feel. Its also nice to see actual wood underneath when something breaks as opposed to the new furniture for sale now. So I think I will keep this skill for when the break is bad enough to make a handle uncomfortable to use, but leave the characterized handles as is for now.

  17. Joseph Zona on 8 July 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Paul, you are the man that I wish I was. Nice work as always.

  18. Jeff Murray on 8 July 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I notice that you didn’t use the Shinto for this restoration.

    • Paul Sellers on 8 July 2019 at 8:49 pm

      I did, both the Shinto and the rasp from Logier.

  19. Jhon Z Baker on 9 July 2019 at 1:24 am

    Very nice, Paul! I would expect nothing less though- This makes me want to get out to the shop and fix the tote on my old old #6 – a similar large chip out of that one as out of your saw. I prefer to fix things that show with contrasting colors though – like a slice of Paduk fitted in to a chip out the corner of a chopping board made of maple and walnut or bad damage to the soundboard of a spruce top guitar with red cedar slivers and cherry red lacquer – you get the picture. I don’t disguise damage but highlight it as that is where so much beauty comes from! I do like a good vanishing trick though!

  20. Robert Brunston on 9 July 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Another bit of gold from Paul! Thank you.

  21. John Cadd on 12 July 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I had plenty of practice doing this when I bought some old chisels. Wooden handles with no ferrules that had been abused with a steel hammer.

  22. Rowan Holleman on 11 September 2019 at 4:22 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading and looking at the pictures of your restoration progress of this saw. It is very satisfying to see how the piece blends in with the rest of the handle, especially after you treated it with the stain. I found it interesting that you used superglue for glueing the piece of beech to the handle, having expected the use of regular wood glue. Also, I was completely unaware of there being an accelerator for superglue or glue in general. It’s something I could keep in mind for future projects.
    I was wondering how often you’d treat the handle with wax, or whether you would treat it at all? And I’m curious about how quickly the wax wears down, seeing as I’m assuming the warmth of your hands – or friction of the hands – would have some effect on the durability?

    I would like to thank you for sharing your steps of repairing the horn. It inspires me to repair tools rather than throwing them away or casting them aside.

  23. kelly on 15 September 2019 at 6:03 pm

    I think it is amazing what you did. I know a lot of poeple who trow it away because of the fact that it is broken. But you fixed it. I like the way you explain everything. I am learling for furniture maker. And everyday I learn new things. Like today, I read your blog and now I know how I can make things like this. I know it is not easy to tell a story or write a instruction. You did a great job. I really enjoyed reading it. The use of pictures makes you understand everything better. And make it easyer to do it by yourself.

  24. floris kleijwegt on 16 September 2019 at 1:43 pm

    I am surprised how well that works and am sure it will come to good use in one of my future projects. Thanks I like to restore old tools my self usually I replace wood handles but with this Technique I can just repair it. and that will save me a lot of time. And that means I will be able to restore more tools.
    But I do have a question. Why do you use superglue instead of wood glue isn’t wood glue much stronger on wood.
    Overall I like the clear pictures with the step by step simple explanations.

    • Paul Sellers on 16 September 2019 at 1:55 pm

      Partly for ease but mostly because that way there is no need for clamping which can be difficult with say PVA as it slips and slides and clamps work well only on parallel surfaces of which I have none. The other element is instancy. With the accelerator the work can begin straight away. Though you are right about glue strength, we often sacrifice other benefits for strength we really don’t need. This handle repair takes so littler pressure the superglue is more likely a hundred times what I might need anyway.

  25. Shannon Kraaijenbos on 16 September 2019 at 7:31 pm

    I think its cool to see how you find an old and broken tool and think of it as a new project. About your blog I think its amazing and inspirational to see how you take all those steps. Capture it and make it easy and understandable to follow. The way you just super glue a piece of wood on the handle it looks kind of crude. But the way you blend in the piece of wood like it was there all the time shows pure craftmanship. At the and of all those steps you create a new useful tool.
    When I read that you used superglue instead of regular wood glue I was a bit confused. How ever it made me curious and it may be a solution to one of my project. Thanks for sharing your good idea to fix tools instead of replace them for new ones.

  26. Monica Heijnsdijk on 16 September 2019 at 10:27 pm

    Hello, At the looks of the saw, it is very old yet still stunning. It only needed some care and I must admit you did well. I like the looks of it but have one question. You said you used leather dye why didn’t you use an oil or something else? Greetings from the Netherlands.

  27. Neli on 17 September 2019 at 8:18 am

    What a good story. It is verry nice to see that this is so easy to do. Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from the netherlands

  28. melvin Flach on 17 September 2019 at 9:13 am

    thanks for sharing this story. I just needed this information because i have some broken handels and now i can fixt them. i never actually thought that you would need superglue for it but after I read the blog I wil use it for fixing my handels. i realy like the pictures you made, that make it mutch easier to fix a handel. this blog is actualy a kind of guide for repairing handels for tools because you read steps how you can do it. I am stil a student and I have learned someting from reading your blog so thanks.

  29. lex on 17 September 2019 at 9:34 am

    Nice repair. I didn’t expect it to work that great. But why are you using superglue and not wood glue. Is there not a change that it will come loose in a couple of years with the superglue.

  30. Christian on 17 September 2019 at 9:37 am

    I honestly laughed out loud when I saw you simply used super-glue. I have some old tools from my father which I’m gonna check for broken handles so I can try this myself.
    Thanks for sharing this project!

  31. Marc zwink on 17 September 2019 at 9:56 am

    Great piece of work mate. Happy to see these old tools being restored for many more years of service.

  32. Felipe on 17 September 2019 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for writing this blogpost, it definitely taught me a lot about fixing up old tools that I’d still want to use. I was surprised when you mentioned using superglue to fix the wood to the tool, but I can see it worked out well for you. I’ll probably try it out myself later on. I hope you’ll post more blogs like this one so I’ll get to see all kinds of different woodworking techniques. You also mentioned sharpening the saw, but there were no pictures about that in the blogpost. Could you perhaps tell me how you did that?

  33. Jonathan van der Welle on 17 September 2019 at 10:55 am

    Very nice work Paul, I love how you fixed the handle of the saw. It is nice to see that you fixed this saw, so that it can be used for another amount of time. I also believe that old tools are always the best tools to use.

    Thanks for sharing,


  34. dylan on 17 September 2019 at 11:00 am

    Its always nice to see people repair old tools. In my free time I usually repair some old broken tools myself. But its nice to see how u handled this it’s a pretty simple way to do it. But it works good and it just looks like it the same, great work. Greetings from the Netherlands

  35. swagtor69420 on 17 September 2019 at 2:58 pm

    I find this to be one of the most comprehensive guide in the internet which isn’t a video for repairing a saw handle. not only did you do an amazing job the tool itself is gorgeous as well. the photography is amazing, you can see every little step and detail just perfectly on every picture. I saw your video on restoring a no. 4 handplane and I loved is that video inspired me to restore some planes to I already have restored a no. 3, no. 4 times 6, no. 7, and no, 78 times 2. my favorite plane as of now is my beautiful little no. 3.

    also greetings from the netherlands

  36. jack khurelbaatar on 17 September 2019 at 3:05 pm

    This was a very interesting story to see. Thank you very much for sharing your story with us. It was wonderful to read and see how you repaired the tool step by step. I am very impressed to see what kind of work you can create. From now on I will try to restore my own tools if that’s possible otherwise I will buy a new one to go further with my work. Now I know how to repair a tool as a professional. the results are very impressive to see. I liked it a lot. thanks for sharing this story of yours and I hope I will see more in the future.

  37. Floris Plazier on 17 September 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Hello Paul Sellers,
    Watching your videos and blogs is always inspiring. I always learn something. How you fixed the handle of the tenon saw. Very easy but I learned something again. It is wonderful to see those steps. It is very easy to see how you fixed the handle of te saw.
    Also it is good for us to see how to use the handtools.

    Thanks for sharing it on the blog.

  38. Kaylee Spierenburg on 17 September 2019 at 6:07 pm

    You did a really nice job restoring that saw. Your steps are really easy to follow and the pictures also make it a lot easier to follow. I really enjoy watching people restore their tools instead of just throwing them away and I really like watching this kind of videos and blogs in general. I learned a lot from this again. I didn’t know that you can just use super glue for this kind of things.
    The piece of wood also alines so nicely that it just looks like you bought it like that. That is really satisfying to see.

    Thank you for sharing this.

  39. Simon on 17 September 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Hey paul,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog, It reminded me of how I used to repair all sorts of old tools with my dad. We thought it was ridiculous what some people threw away especially “old” tools.

    I actually wanted to repair an saw I had laying around in my shed and was looking for tips on the internet. Thats when I came across your blog.
    Its full of helpfull information, and the tip about using an accelerator helped me out in particular

    Thank you for sharing 🙂

  40. Kees glazenburg on 17 September 2019 at 8:09 pm

    The saw just looks like new, I think many people don’t take the time to repair their tools like you did. It may cost you more time to repair it then buy a new one. But the saw is old and has properly many memories. So it is very nice to see it restored. This post motivates me to do this in the future.
    Next time when my tools break I will think of this post. This post shows how easy it is to repair your tools.
    when you see the result you cannot even see that it was broken.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  41. Rianne van Wijck on 17 September 2019 at 8:09 pm

    I’m so surprised by the result! You saw an old tool and you gave it a new life. It’s very inspirational. But I saw that u used superglue. I did not know that you could use that for wood, I saw your answer on another reaction. I think I’m going to use that for small reparations instead of wood glue. Superglue dries much faster than wood glue. I have at home an old saw, but this saw needs some sharping. I know now how to repair the handle, but do you know a way to sharpen an old saw? I was planning to throw it away, but maybe I can give it another life. Maybe you have tried sharping as well? I’m looking forward for your reaction.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Paul Sellers on 17 September 2019 at 8:37 pm

      I have sharpened almost daily for 55 years so yes I do know how to sharpen saws too. This link will help you.

  42. Damian on 17 September 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Hello Paul,

    Wonderful job on this piece of woodworking history! Which brand of superglue do you use for the gluing of the beech? Can you use all superglues or is there superglue which doesn’t stick on wood?

    Also is there a reason why the handle is tilted backwards at such an angle and not squarer to the blade like more modern saws? Anyways nice job at restoring the handle and thanks for showing the process.


  43. Wim Bowe on 17 September 2019 at 9:42 pm

    What a blog this was! I like it so much. I personally throw my old tools away because i never thougt about repairing it. But from now on i will repair them and i learn more about repairing things. The glue you used was very intressting for me because i didn’t know that it was possible to glue wood with superglue. It looks brand new and beautiful!

    Thank you very much for showing the process.

    Wim Bowe

  44. Ary Pary on 17 September 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Hello Paul,

    You made a amazing video, it is very usefull for me because I had the same problem with my saw. Looks good! I have never seen this technique before. I have never seen people use rubber matting when they glue with superglue. But is the glue enough, don’t you need a screw or something? The finish also looks good and you hardly notice any difference with the other handles.
    I will buy a saw with the same problem in the second hand store and try to do the same as you did! If I encounter a problem, I will ask you for help.

    Thank you Paul, you are my hero!

  45. Pieter on 18 September 2019 at 9:51 am

    Thank you for writing this blog. I just started learning woodworking and this will come in handy if I make it my profession. People throw away their saws (or other equipment’s) to fast I think. Don’t even take the effort of repairing or sharpening them. Just go to the store and buy a new one. Saws like these should be treasured! I have some old equipment lying around, can try it out on those if, I have the time for it. However I Don’t think I can do it after one try though. Better start with the cheap ones first :p.

  46. Noah Dirksen on 18 September 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Well done! It’s fun to see how people still care about old tools and other things from the past. Just think about all the tools that can be repaired using this method. I’m not really a person who likes buying and repairing old tools myself since I think just buying a new one is easier, but you don’t come across one of these saws nowadays. Usually when I think about repairing I would think about some kind of old furniture to repair, but having good and efficient tools is just as important. You should always make sure to use good tools for your projects. Also, don’t forget to keep up the good work.

  47. Rowan Damen on 18 September 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Dear Paul, Thanks for writing your blog. I learned a lot of your blog. The repair looks really nice. Last week I broke my saw, now I need to repair it and due to your blog I know how I can fix my saw. It looks like fine and accurate work. I have to say that you do well. You use every tool so fine and make the saw so easy I have so much respect for you. The final result of the saw is so fine and look really nice. I love your work so much. I told everyone they look to your blog and learn.

  48. Jesper on 18 September 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Very nice restauration Paul!
    I quite enjoyed how you made the handle loo as good as new, and I really learned a lot to also fix some tools this way, as someone already said it’s a nice thing to just repair an old tool and not just to throw it away. I also didn’t know that superglue holds wood that good. I always thought that it would just fall of after some time. But I will definitely use this method to glue small things together now. I also did not see a Shinto saw before, I’m quite interested in that saw now too.
    Thank you for sharing!

  49. emiel on 18 September 2019 at 9:47 pm

    dear Paul, I have to say I am impressed by tools you own( and a little bit jealous). I really never tried to repair my old tool handles because I thought it would not turn out nice, but after seeing how good this looks and that it even has a bit of character to it I will definitely start doing the same to my tools. and most importantly the tools I inherited from my grandfather, I got them from him a few years back and would love to start using them again. thanks to your guide I will use superglue to glue them together which will be a big game changer for me.
    Thanks for sharing

  50. Rick jongeneel on 19 September 2019 at 11:01 am

    Dear paul,
    thank’s for sharing the great story and the pictures. It really inspiring how you restoring all the old tools. It looks really fine and accurate. I normaly throw away my old tools, but I think I am gonna keep them and also fix them like you are doing.
    thank for sharing this great story

  51. Dionne Stoffers on 19 September 2019 at 11:27 am

    Dear Paul,

    I Really enjoy your blog about your Broken Handel. It is a nice result. I intended myself to repair my old tools. Just like you did. Your story inspired me. I have same old hand tools from my dad. Who can use a Refresher. I never think about Using superglue. I think it is a nice idea and I definitely going to use it. Thank you for all the good tips and explanation. I’ve Learned a lot from your blog. I Look forward to read your next blog.

    Thank you for sharing the process of the broken handel.


  52. Levi on 24 September 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I think its really interesting to see how you approached it and I think it turned out great. I personally think good way of repairing your tools. I’ve never used superglue on wood before, do you think the durability is better than if you would have used wood glue? I think the pictures show off how you did it very well. You inspire me to do more fixing jobs in the future and I definitely will be checking out your way of doing it. And I will also be following your future projects for some more handy tips and tricks.

  53. Coliandro on 24 September 2019 at 12:22 pm

    Dear Paul,

    What a wonderful blog this is, I admire your work and this has been truly the best handle repair I have ever seen in my live. I have never seen someone use superglue instead of wood glue, why did you use super glue instead of wood glue? This actually has been very useful to me, I have some tools with broken wooden handles as well and I look forward to repair them with some help from your tutorial. You really inspired me how to do so much with so little, keep up the great work.

    • Paul Sellers on 24 September 2019 at 2:47 pm

      One: It’s plenty strong enough for this kind of repair. Two: Its virtually instant. Three: It removes the necessity for clamps, tape and rubber bands.

  54. B. Burger on 25 September 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Hello Paul, how nice of you to share your knowledge and skills with us. I happen to be a furniture maker myself, but your repair work is a whole different part of the job. I also have really old dovetail saw at home which needs some work. I have inherited it from my grandfather but the sawing blade has come lose and some of the teeth are some missing. I couldn’t really find a post form you about this particular subject so I hope I can ask you about some advice for this repair. Hope to hear from you B.

  55. Colin on 29 September 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Hey Paul,
    Thank you for sharing your blog and knowledge with us,
    I never really thought of repairing old tools, I always threw them away thinking that newer handtools were always better.
    I’ve got a whole shed full of them (old tools) and I’d like to restore some of them one day when I have the time.
    I really like your idea of prolonging this saw’s life and to keep working with it after all those other woodworkers before you did too.

    keep up the good work!

  56. Remon van Dam on 30 September 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Good job how you have fixed the Handel of the saw. I found it interesting that you used superglue for gluing the piece of beech to the handle, I had use regular wood glue. And I never now that er is accelerator for superglue or glue in general. A wonder if superglue strong a enough is because sometime you use much power used with sawing. That is why I had chosen for regular wood glue. But I found it interesting to see how other people it do.

  57. Tim Wennekes on 1 October 2019 at 10:26 am

    Cool project and beautifully finished! I just have one question about it, how did you get rid of the rust in the enclosure of the handle which cause it to wobble. Because I also have such a nice classic saw that once belonged to my grandfather that I would like to fix/ redecorate.

    beside that, very nice work!

  58. Adeline on 10 October 2019 at 10:46 am

    Thanks Paul, for sharing your acknowledge and repair skills with us.
    Whenever my saw might break or something else what has to do with wooden tools, I can use this technique. It is a clever way to restore your handgrip, instead of throwing it away and buy a new one. One thing I remarked was that you used superglue for gluing the piece of beech to the end of the handle. Now the question is, why you have chosen for superglue instead of wood glue, because it might become loosen in a few years.

    I enjoyed reading your blog, again thank you for sharing!

    • Paul Sellers on 10 October 2019 at 6:37 pm

      Actually, I might ask a different question that would seem all the more of a question. Why did many makers of very good quality saws refine their saw handles to create an aspect that ended up with built-in weaknesses by making aspects of the handles super thin on the bottom forepart of the handle? They did do this and they did often end up cracked and there reason was to create a refined look. At this juncture in the handle where I added the piece it is under very little stress and it is highly unlikely that it would ever turn loose resulting from general but every day professional use. I have often used superglue in similar fashion in far more susceptible situations and that is ten years ago in some things. The parts remain united. If they do break loose, I can simple reglue with superglue and lose nothing but two minutes in time.

  59. Rinke van Eeden on 11 October 2019 at 11:23 am

    hey Paul

    good job on fixing the handle, it looks really good and you can barely see the difference. thank you for taking the time to fix an old tool making it reusable for another 10 years. I learned a lot from reading this post and will certainly use this info for the future

    keep up the good work!

  60. Youri on 15 October 2019 at 12:28 pm

    Hey Paul, it’s great to see how you repaired the handle using a piece of wood and super glue. I`m I woodworker myself and maybe I will use this technic one day when one of my handles will break.

    Thanks for sharing.

  61. stefan Flikweert on 19 October 2019 at 1:25 pm

    hey Paul,

    two weeks ago I found an old guitar in the basement of my grandpa’s house. the headstock was broken kind of like in the same way the handle of your saw was. after reading your blog I decided to repair it myself. it worked out great. Also, I like how you matched the wood grain and waxed it. you almost can’t tell it is not in his original condition.
    thanks for posting, you really helped me out!

  62. C. Klerk on 28 October 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Hey Paul,

    Thank you for sharing your blog and knowledge with us,
    I really like it how you fixed the handle. The super glue is a very good idea from you, because it is strong and it doesn’t take long to dry.
    I hope you will restore more old tools in the future,

    keep up the good work!

  63. Dorus stoop on 31 October 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Hello paul,

    Thank you for scharing this! It was good to see how you fixed that old saw. I always think that is is such a shame to throw away old tools. You can always reuse them, that’s why i was so glad to see this. I also liked how you fixed the handle. I hope it still works very good and that you are having a lot of fun with it.

  64. Joas Hoogendijk on 3 November 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Dear Paul,

    Thanks for sharing this skill of making a broken handle new again. I knew that superglue was pretty strong but didn’t new that strong. It is amazing how it turned out.

    I hoop you keep making more old tools new again!

  65. Nand Bovendeaard on 7 November 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Paul,
    Thanks for sharing this skill with us.
    It was amazing to see how you made the handle of the broken saw.
    Great idea of using superglue to make the handle I didn’t know that superglue was so strong. but the result looked great.
    I hope you keep making these Blogs it is very use full.

  66. Tymen SV on 7 November 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Paul,
    I think you have done an amazing job on restoring this very old and used saw. The end result really looks identical to the other wooden handle you have. Before I finished reading the whole story I was not sure how you would match the colour of the repaired piece to the rest of the handle but after seeing you put on that leather dye it surprised me. And I do think as well, if you give it some time and use there will be no difference. I really enjoyed this post and seeing this old saw being repaired and getting a new owner

  67. Paul on 7 November 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for sharing these skills with us, when one of my old saws chips i will definitely go back to this blog to fix my saw too. i really liked how you just used a piece of scrap wood and how you cleaned the waste off. also liked how you used the photos to make the steps.

  68. Luc Belder on 8 November 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Paul thanks for sharing this with us. I had some old tools add home from my grandfather and they were in a bad condition so I have repaired them. And now they are really looking great again. The only thing what I did different was the gluing I used epoxy because it so strong the only problem was the long drying time but if you have the time for it then is not a problem. But now I am sure that it is never coming lose again. I also like it that u use old tools for every thing and not any machine and that is pure craftmanship.

    I hope that you stay sharing things with us.

  69. eric wouters on 8 November 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Hello Paul,

    Nice to see someone who still love’s his old tools. Not much people still have old tools. I’m 20 years old and new in this job. I have no old tools myself but my grandfather was a woodworker and he left me all of his tools. Now I have seen how easy it is to repair this tools, I will do the same with my grandfathers tools. I hoop I will succeed in repairing then. With your story as inspiration I hope my grandfathers tools will look a little like what you have done with the saw. After repair I hope I can keep using them and some day I can give them to my grandchild.

  70. Max Vrijenhoek on 10 November 2019 at 11:43 am

    It is nice to see someone restore such an old saw. Of course you can just buy a new one but the art of restoring an old tool and showing how well-made it actually is, is truly amazing! I also love that you used superglue instead of wood glue as this way the wood does not drift and does not require clamping or waiting for the glue to cure. I also did not know leather dye would work this well on wood. Very nice and small project!

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