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    Posted 6 years ago

    VirginiaIron
    (15 items)

    I wanted a pot rack with some history and not a modern mass produced unit. I finally was able to find several antique two-man saw blades, at a reasonable price, to use as my pot racks. The upper saw blade has indistinct lettering scrolled in the center but it is too worn and rusted to decipher. I think I can see the block lettering “Made in…..” Even though the blades are rusted, the saws I purchased are in better shape than I anticipated. The teeth are in great shape and I could use them to cut wood if needed. The top saw is 66" x 3.5" x 1/16". The lower saw is 59.5" x 3-3/8" x 1/16".
    My original idea was to make a hanging rack from four blades but that would require a more involved installation. Plus, I figured this installation was less intrusive into my living space.
    I used regular picture hangers that are rated at 20 pounds, for a total of 160 pounds (one site tests the fail strength at 60 pounds each). The blades are held off the wall with self-adhesive felt gliders fastened to the back of the blade. This can be removed with minimal damage.
    My pot hooks are fashioned from insulation retaining wires that can be purchased at a local home or hardware store. I used a pair of pliers to cut and bend the wires, keeping them a consistent size. The lower blade acts as a rest for the upper pots and prevents damage to the wall finish.
    The upper pots are 2 to 3 pounds each and total 16 pounds, plus the weight of the blade.
    I do not think these blades were ever sharpened.
    Can anyone tell me if the tips of the blade edges are original or if they have been resharpened?
    Thank you for viewing my latest find.
    What do you think?

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    Comments

    1. pops52 pops52, 6 years ago
      Great!!!
    2. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 6 years ago
      Thanks. I added an additional saw blade below the block window and cleared the view of the glass block- it looks so much cleaner.
    3. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 6 years ago
      I think I like the open glass block better. The only problem with this configuration is that it closes the space between the table and the wall and the chair might strike a hanging pot.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Great idea!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Excellent idea! Well executed too.
    6. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 6 years ago
      Thank you blunderbuss2 & racer4four!
    7. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Great Idea for a Display!! Superb !!
    8. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 6 years ago
      Thanks antiquerose!
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 years ago
      Since A-Rose brought this back to our attention yesterday, we are thinking about using the pattern to make our own since it was such a great idea. Get those pans in the cabinet out of the way! Of course I can't find crosscut saws here in the islands, but have it figured out. Thanks for the idea.
    10. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      blunderbuss Thanks for the compliment!!

      Make SURE you post a pic of yours when you get it done!! Keep us posted! This is such a wonderful way to display pots - I LOVE it!!
    11. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 6 years ago
      Thanks for looking and the compliments blunderbuss2, A-rose, & idcloisonne. I have cooked on all but one that needs to be re-seasoned- I think it could be paint. I thought about taking a torch to it to see if the coating would melt- indicating paint. I have drawers full of SS but prefer to look at these specimens of days long past.
    12. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 3 years ago
      Blunderbuss2- Did you ever make any progress on the saws?
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      VI, I haven't even thought about it, but in the meantime, I have been able to scratch heart attack off my bucket list. I'm in KY & hope to be home in Sept.. (Before I pick-up a KY accent, hopefully). You doing OK ?
    14. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 3 years ago
      Blunderbuss2- Sorry to here about your heart attack. Prayers have been sent and I will continue to pray for you as the spirit leads me. I am doing fine. I have had a number of distractions from my hobby cooking. I installed a large wood stove in the house (capable of cooking) and redesigned and modded my log splitter for better production- very proud of it. While you are here in the states, especially in the summer, remember to stop in the roadside flea markets and yard sales to pick up a couple of cheap saws. I found 3 of mine, by chance, while on my motorcycle. I purchased them really cheap and returned in the car later to pick them up.
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Glad you're good. Don't get old ! Helping Akrodog(Nick) with the big flea market that is set up each yr. along hwy. 127 & will look for saws there.(How am I going to get it to SXM ?)
    16. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 3 years ago
      Nervous laughter. On the back of that motorbike in your profile. Lol. Maybe FEDEX/UPS ground?
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      I have a shipping agent. They charge by weight or size, whichever cost the most. By size, it would be a killer !
    18. VirginiaIron VirginiaIron, 3 years ago
      Size, nah... Just think, the average 6' saw is about the same size length as a car dashboard.
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      You have never seen a sea shipping guy measure things. And I'm just talking about from Miami. Carry-on luggage ?

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