The life that supports this woodworking pastime has kept me from the wood shop. In turn, the blog has suffered. In the plus column, however, my tool collection has prospered a little bit. The past couple months of frequenting dusty 'antique malls' has produced this motley mix:
Last, the place of honor, is reserved for the panel saw shown on the right. I picked this up because of the unusual sharpening pattern in that every other gullet is almost twice as deep. It is a 7 point saw sharpened crosscut for use, I believe, on fresh cut wood. I gave the plate a quick swipe with some 220 sandpaper to reveal the etching:
My apologies for the orientation of the picture. I tried for 30 minutes, but Blogger is stuck on displaying the picture rotated no matter how small I shrink or rotate the original. The etching reads "The Bay State Saw Mfg. Co." I did some research (first hit on Google) and found out that saw is a mid-grade offering from Simonds from a century ago. Since they stopped making these saws in 1926, it can be no younger than 85 years. I'm saving this saw for a special annotated restoration project for the blog. I will need guidance sharpening this in order to maintain the current tooth configuration.