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Estate Sale Find - Disston Saws and an old Stanley #5

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Blog entry by 85GoCards posted 06-17-2017 09:33 PM 1704 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stopped by an estate sale on the way to my local sawmill and came across some goodies. 6 handsaws with Disston medallions, another 1 or 2 I believe are Disston, but didn’t have medallions, 2 or 3 Warranted Superior handsaws, an old Stanley #5 handplane, a small Stanley block plane, and a misc small plane.

-- Dylan in St. Louis - Painfully new to woodworking.



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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#1 posted 06-18-2017 12:37 AM

Congrats, Dylan. I’m not too far from you (So. ill.) and have auctions vs. estate sales. Nice stuff you found!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 06-22-2017 03:01 PM

Awesome Dylan, you got a good haul there. Can’t wait to see those cleaned up and put to use again!

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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85GoCards

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#3 posted 06-22-2017 03:09 PM

So I’ve only had time to work on a couple, but here’s where I am at the moment.

The 2nd saw didn’t turn out great. The handle restored beautifully, but the blade is still in really rough shape. Any tips on how best to deal with significant pitting, or is this guy a lost cause?

-- Dylan in St. Louis - Painfully new to woodworking.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 06-22-2017 03:44 PM

Not a lost cause!

Pitting on a saw blade really isn’t a user issue at all, just an aesthetic one. As long as it’s smooth to the touch, so it’s able to glide through wood without binding, you’re good to go. The handle did come out nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 06-22-2017 04:03 PM

Nice stuff.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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FoundSheep

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#6 posted 06-22-2017 06:04 PM

I’ve heard of a few methods for dealing with deep pitting. It depends if you have an etch to save or not. Scraping and sanding with spirits are a good start; oxalic acid can also really help with rust removal.

Regardless, wax on the blade will help it cut through the wood, and is good to apply periodically.

That first one came out great!

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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