My Toys #1: Disston 12" Backsaw

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Blog entry by GMatheson posted 07-27-2012 05:48 PM 2600 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am always poking around this site but rarely add anything (sometimes I feel a little guilty) so I guess I should show a little of what I have been up to lately.

I’ve been growing my hand tool collection over the past year but today I think I will focus on some of my saws. A while ago my wife came home from a yard sale with a Disston 12” backsaw.

As you can see it was a nice looking saw for $3 but the handle looked pretty rough

I took this lovely old tool into the garage and took it apart, polished the plate and brass and sanded down the handle.

Once sanded I applied several coats of shellac tinted with a bit of aniline dye powder. Then I wiped on some wax and put the saw back together.

The saw was originally filled 14TPI crosscut and was still in decent shape so I decided that I would just sharpen it. I don’t have any pictures of it in action but this saw cuts really nice.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 05:56 AM

I see this saw and I have something in common (besides both being old that is). We both originated in Toronto. Small world…


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 01:09 AM

You have one more thing in common BigTiny. The saw belonged to the RCAF at one point. It was scratched into the spline but when I cleaned it up I must have been too aggressive and erased it

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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