Fun with hand saws #12: Disston 12

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 07-06-2014 05:32 PM 4463 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So a few weeks ago I scored a sweet Disston 12. Its old… the surface of the plate was pretty rough, but the tooth line is dead straight, no kinks and all it needed was a little cleaning. Also on the handle, the top horn had a screw in it and the original medallion had been replaced. Sorry, I forgot to take a good before picture.

But once I got the handle off, there was the telltale X in the top corner of the blade..

Then… as it turns out, a good friend of mine had a spare handle complete with the original nuts just sitting around. Mine is on the left…

His handle has hairline cracks throughout, so I decided to clean and fix the original instead of using his..

I am not very into cleaning old metal surfaces.. so my friend who loves cleaning and refurbishing old saws (same one who gave me the handle) said he would clean the plate for me.

An afternoon cleaning the handle with stripper and some scraping, a fresh coat of oil.. then put it all back together using the nuts from my friends handle…

This thing is ready to be sharpened and used…

That’s it for the saw… but I have some new next door neighbours.. and two days after taking possession of the house, I came home to see tem cutting down all the foliage in the front yards.. including a half dead tree with some burls on it that I have been dreaming of cutting off in the middle of the night. When I asked… he told me to cut off whatever I wanted…

There are a few more burls that I could not get to with my hatched and green saw, but when they take the rest down he will have a chain saw and cut the rest out for me. Even the bigger one is only about the size of a bowling ball.. so it might just end up being pen blanks. But still… WOO HOO!!!

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#1 posted 07-06-2014 07:34 PM

Great restoration to an equal great hand saw. I do need to ask about the telltale X … Wot iss dat??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 07-06-2014 08:59 PM

I am also wondering about the X

you will have to post picture of your Burl once you cut it up. Curious to see what it looks like!

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#3 posted 07-06-2014 09:50 PM

I don’t know what the ‘x’ means. Its just something that all the saw junkies I was talking to told me this every 12 they have seen had the plate stamped under the handle.

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