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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-07-2012 09:01 PM 1664 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Since that last saw was started into “re-hab” a few others have joined them:

Homemade handle, after the “finish” is on. I also had a Disston Rancher to re-finish( one of the new arrivals)

So now I had an Orphan Saw to re-do. No sawnuts for it, since they went onto the homemade handle. Handle didn’t look all THAT bad:

And the saw plate was in good shape. Turns out it was a Disston D23, from the late 40s-early 50s. Took the handle out to the shop, ran a roundouver bit over all the edges

Now we’re getting some where, still needed the hardware, though, maybe another walk downtown???? Anyway, got some colour back into the handle, and a coat of poly ( the so-called “weather proof finish)

And set it out to get a sun tan. About this time, I figured i should try to SHARPEN these saws, just in case i might want to USE them. Looked into saw vises, thought I COULD make one from scratch. Just two boards, and some clamps, right? Almost, I needed the RIGHT sized boards, and clamps. I had a supply of old saw files, so away we went

The clamps for the vise, one at each end, clamped to my back porch railing. Nice warm, SUNNY morning, perfect to see small ( LITTLE ) teeth with. First saw was just a sharpening, so I followed the “pattern” of the teeth, but I also kept the file level. Just two strokes per tooth

After that saw, a backsaw was next. Filed “rip”. Seemed to work out alright, saw cut nice, and fast As for the next trip downtown? Picked up FIVE more saws. One to supply the hardware for the Orphan Saw ( the D23). It came from a Atkins saw. Saw plate had more waves than the shore of lake Erie. Trashed that plate. I also cleaned up the handle, since I did have an old “Tool Box saw that needed a new handle. Now, I need MORE hardware. The other saws? One will be a re-hab of a Bishop “Greyhound ” panel saw(about 20” of saw blade), another is a skew back D8, 11 point plain handsaw, Another is a Disston Keystone PACE MAKER saw, And the last one? I have no idea who made this one

Long son-of-a-gun! Doesn’t match anything that Henry Disston made. Haven’t found an etch yet, either. Them sawnuts are domed. Handle fits my hand like a glove. This is going to be FUN!

Seems i buy saws to re-build saws, to buy more saws to rebuild. I think I’m in a rut….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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