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Getting back to the basics. Working with hand tools #4: Completed restoration on a 1917- 1918 Disston backsaw

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Blog entry by Julian posted 05-01-2009 01:43 AM 2234 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After waiting a few weeks for the 4” double extra slim files to arrive via snail mail, the wait is finally over. I went right out to the shop to start the tedious process of filing new teeth on the blade. This was my first attempt and I must say that I was surprised to get it right. I made a simple file holder and a jig to help cut even teeth. It worked just fine, and I now have a 15 ppi rip blade with a very minor set to it. It tracks perfect, and starts the cut easily thanks to the 8 degree tooth. To fit the handle I used the freshly sharpened blade to cut the slot for the blade before I set the teeth. This made sure that the slot would be tight fitting. All in all I had a lot of fun giving this old saw a new lease on life. There is a great perfonal satisfaction to taking an old tool and making it perform like new or better. I can now bang out a half blind dovetail in 8 minutes, thanks to the straight and easy cutting action of this saw.


-- Julian, Park Forest, IL



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#1 posted 05-01-2009 05:06 AM

Where did you get the extra slim files? Filing itty bitty little teeny tiny teeth are in my future :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-01-2009 01:40 PM

I bought the files from toolsforworkingwood.com

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 06:31 AM

Thanks for the link. Looks like a good source for all the hard to fine tools.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-04-2009 01:50 AM

Another interesting blog thanks for the link

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#5 posted 02-21-2010 06:58 PM

Nice job : )

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#6 posted 02-21-2010 07:15 PM

Thanks Julian.

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#7 posted 02-21-2010 07:29 PM

Nice tool.

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