The theme of this entire entry of the woodshop journals is pretty simple…......when at a local flea market or auction….....keep diggin’!!! You really never know what you will find….and for some very lucky reason friends I seem to find some very cool things when it comes to this old handtool stuff. This blog will not dissapoint for any of you rusty gold lovers of oldtime galootness….lol I had walked a good half hour….up one way….down the next…...
Adventures in Tool Making #3: A Pair of Tenon Saws from a Disston Miter Saw - Shaping, Sanding, Polishing, and Finishing
Happy Fathers’ Day everyone! I got some shop time this weekend and decided to work on the pair of tenon saws again. Unfortunately, I only had time to work on one of the saws, but the procedure is the same for the other one so it doesn’t really matter. I left off last time with the handles roughed out and rounded over from the router. Next step was finishing shaping the horns of the handle. I used a combination of this curved-tooth file that I picked up at an antique...
The wife and I went out to a local flea market a week ago, looking for nothing in particular. This was the last flea market for the year at this particular venue and the first time we had been this year. I cam across a pair of saws, painted and looking sad. They had tags on the at $1.50 each. I was looking at them and wasn’t sure if I wanted to take on a couple more saws, when the proprietor came around and told me everything was half off. She said it was on account of wanting to cle...
Isn’t it funny…..it’s always when you least expect it when you stumble upon something you had no idea you would find. There I was on a rather chilly 45 degree morning outside at an auction..the isles of tables although sometimes windier than your spirits care for…there were still enough vendors aboard the blacktop with secret finds to go around for all…..lol For old handtool pickers this for me was a pretty sweet morning indeed. I had just begun my journ...
Well I guess it might as well be a good time to add this blog for I have the pics…...and the work is done. This old Disston Rancher rip saw has been in our family far before I was in our family….lol I can remember seeing it in our garage…..in our old log cabin home. I think back how lucky I have been to have spent my early years inside a real log cabin with all of these great things…the old garage…..and old tools! Of course as a kid….you think of i...
Getting back to the basics. Working with hand tools #3: The latest score. Restoring a 1917-1918 Disston backsaw
I have been using a Japanese pullsaw for a while and have decided to come back to the western style saw. I picked up this saw online for $30 from an antique dealer. It’s a Disston backsaw from 1917-1918 and is in great shape (no pitting, and straight blade) and is all original except for one of the sawnuts. The teeth were bad and all over the place so I ground them off and am getting ready to try my hand at cutting new ones as soon as the files and saw set arive. Not being able to le...
After reading many threads and blogs about saw restoration I got to wondering what one of these things cost. Then I stumbled on a Disston 4b at the back a storage shed in a box marked with the name of a very old storage customer on it. We own a boat storage business and when people leave they tend to leave a lot of stuff. We pack it up and put it away in case someone remembers they left something. This box had been put away many years ago by my father-in-law and obviously forgotten. ...
I recently came back from spending a couple months in Kansas for work. On one of my weekend trips to an antique store, I found this lonely, broken miter saw tucked in a dark corner. You can see the broke handle, but you can’t see the horrendous rust on the back side. For $10, I decided to give it a new home. Of course, if the saw knew what I was planning to do to it, it might not have agreed to follow me out of the store. Since I already have a Disston miter very similar to t...
The last blog entry ended with me having two saw blades ready for handles. The handle material I chose to use was mesquite, which I bought from fellow LJ BlueStingrayBoots a while back. One of the pieces he sent me was about 5/4 thick. I decided to use the Marshall & Cheetham backsaw handle template available at the TGIAG website for these saws. I printed off two of the templates and laid them out on the mesquite to get an idea of roughly how much material I needed. Then ...
I was out strolling the yard sales looking for an old Stanley handplane to restore but instead I came across two old Disston handsaws for $10 each. I personally don’t have many antique tools but have been thinking about starting a little collection lately so I picked them both up and took them home. When I got home I went on to the disstonian institutes website and found the saws I had just purchased. The first saw is a D8 that I dated between 1896-1917. It has the handle with the th...
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