So I went to my local salvage/resale store today looking for anything cool they might have up in the tool section. After rummaging through all the junk I found a complete postwar Stanley #4 bench plane for $3.00, some halfway decent rasps for $0.25 each, and few other odds and ends.
As I was leaving I decided to dig through all the hand saws they had jammed in an old slop sink. After going through about 30 of them I came across an early Disston.
I looked at it for a little while and the handle was beat, the whole thing was rusty, and worst of all it had a chunk missing off the toe! Useless junk right?
Piece of crap right?
BUT…. I saw the 8 inside the D on the etching…. Pre-1928 Skewback D8… Then I saw the early H. Disston & Sons Phila brass insert button… A pre-1917 D-8…. But, still a beat up, broken piece of…...
Ok, but I love junk (which is why I can only fit one car in my garage….). So naturally I had to have it. It didn’t have a price on it. I brought it up to the register with the rest of my crap and the lady at the counter must have taken one look at me, one look at the trash I was buying and must have laughed to herself and took pity on me. $4.00 cash, out the door! Basically because I bought this Disston I got a discount… I cost me negative $1.00!
So let’s recap. It’s a pre-1917 22” 9ppi Disston D8 crosscut saw. It has an unusable handle for any serious work and worst of all it has a 3/4” by 1/2” tear out of the nose. Here is my question: what do you guys think I should do? I have 3 options.
1. Put it in the garage for the rest of my days then hand it down to one of my sons so they can throw it away.
2. Restore it. Clean it up, refit a new handle, trim the nose down an inch and make it a 21” saw.
3. Reclaim it! Junk the handle, cut it down to 12” or 14”, add a brass back, make a new handle (which I could mount using the original pins), and retool the teeth for its new use…... It does have a really nice and straight, thin kerf.
If anyone is interested let me know what you guys think, we are taking the kids away for a couple of days then when I get back I’ll make a decision. I’ll continue the blog. If I restore it or reclaim it, I’ll keep posting pics. Thanks!!
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