Fun with hand saws #7: Old disston

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 250 days ago 937 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well… for some reason, (which I will not go into at this time) my desire and love for hand saws has been re-reawakened.

I have this old Disston dovetail saw that I bought a year and a bit ago for $8. What a steal. But the handle is really too big for me, I also think it is kind of ugly. I could shape it so it fits my hand….

But I have this piece of cut off curly walnut..

So I traced the saw handle to some grid paper

Made some alterations…

And started cutting…

I am going to use a band saw to refine the shape a bit, and from there on out… my trusty rasp and files get to do the rest of the work.

After this.. I also have a box saw to make… out of curly maple.

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#1 posted 250 days ago

looking forward to seeing the final results.

Are you going to post a blog on how you sharpen and tune the saw?

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#2 posted 250 days ago

Matt, just for you I promise the next time I tune up and sharpen a saw I will post my steps.

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#3 posted 250 days ago

Missed the shenanigans, but I too will look forward to seeing the results and your tune-up post.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 250 days ago

I’m wondering if that handle isn’t the original and it was made by the owner to fit his large hands. No expertise involved in my guess.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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