Posted 8 years ago
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?