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Saw Talk #17: Two Disston D8s - A Quick Progress Report

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« Part 16: Disston D8 - My first Crosscut Sharpening Part 17 of Saw Talk series Part 18: Vintage Spear & Jackson 26" Handsaw - Sharpened and Tested »

Just wanted to post a quick video to show a Disston D8 that I sharpened today as a 7ppi rip saw with 5 degrees of rake. I’ve also included the Disston D8 from my last post which was filed 8ppi crosscut with 12 degrees of rake and 20 degrees of fleam.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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jjw5858

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#1 posted 738 days ago

Great video Andy, looks awesome and nice work on these Disstons! But your bench is so Roy Underhill and your saws….so Lie Nielson…..lmao!

Have fun my friend, great stuff!

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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BTKS

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#2 posted 738 days ago

Excellent sharpening and cutting. Makes me want to finally learn proper saw sharpening.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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RGtools

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#3 posted 737 days ago

This was a very relaxing 3 minutes for me…I needed that after the day I had.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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lysdexic

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Oh the sunshine!

Did you stain the handles? I look back through your blogs.

I have one critique, however. The two appear so similar ( stunning ) that they are easily confused. May I suggest some brightly colored duct tape on the handles to tell them apart.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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rilanda

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#5 posted 737 days ago

Nice pair of saws Andy and very nicely renovated, well done. How did you find the experience of sharpening them, was it rewarding, I always used to find that cutting the first piece of timber after returning a saw to its rightful purpose a most rewarding experience.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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Brit

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#6 posted 737 days ago

Joe – I like them both, so that’s ok. :o)

BTKS - Do it. You won’t regret it.

Ryan - Glad you felt chillaxed.

Scott – Yep sunshine. I’d forgotten what it felt like. If I remember correctly, the finish was two coats of BLO followed by two thin coats of oil-based varnish mixed with BLO and Pure Turpentine. Finally rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and clear paste wax.

Bill – I find it very rewarding. To date, I think I’ve sharpened eight saws. If I were to stop now, I doubt I would forget how to do it. It will be part of my regular tool maintenance from now on. You’ll love the next one Bill.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 737 days ago

Excellent video Andy and that saw looks wonderful (and sharp). It is pretty obvious that the manufacturer took great pride in his product, and I’m sure they would be very happy to know that they are now collectables.. My only criticism is that old somewhat wobbly Workmate. I would rather use a low solid bench and hold the workpiece with my knee, that is, if my knee could take it, which it no longer can. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Brit

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#8 posted 737 days ago

Mike – I totally agree. A proper saw bench is in my future. I’ve designed it, now I just need to build it. The problem is, I need my saws to build the saw bench, then I can use my saw bench to build my portable workbench, then I can use my portable workbench to build my proper workbench and well…you see the problem. I’ll get there eventually. :o)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 737 days ago

Andy that takes me back.

Great video & series

When I used to rip I always used my wee stools

only 18” high, but that way I could put my knee

on to hold down and get my shoulder right above

I cant remember the last time I ripped by hand. :)

It did keep me fit though.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Brit

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#10 posted 737 days ago

Thanks Jamie. I will be making a saw bench at some point. It will definitely make it easier to saw at the right angle and get over the cut properly, particularly when ripping.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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lysdexic

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#11 posted 737 days ago

Thnaks for the reply Andy. I was curious as to a stain as the handles do not appear to be the apple wood that I am used to.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Brit

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#12 posted 737 days ago

Scott – The crosscut saw is apple, the rip saw is some other wood. I don’t know what it is, but it is pretty plane looking.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#13 posted 737 days ago

I missed this one, your rip through that pine like butta’. Did you set this saw up specifically for working pine?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Brit

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#14 posted 737 days ago

Mauricio – No not specifically, but it seems to work well on pine. It is a dry piece of pine though. I think wet wood would require a bit more set.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Dave

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#15 posted 737 days ago

Brit that was a great show of you work in action. The saws are in fine condition.
We were talking a bit back about your clamping on the workmate. The metal clamps were making me nervous. My friend Swirt has a method to use wooden handscrews. I have made a set and use them fairly often. Give them a look and see what you think. I believe they would give you less hazards and you could use them on your dog holes with the work mate. IMHO
http://lumberjocks.com/swirt/blog/16295
Nice post Andy.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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