As the title indicates this is my first true soup to nuts restore of a handsaw. In this instance a Disston D8 thumbhole rip saw. I picked it up at one of my regular stops on the slippery slope. Here’s how it looked after the ride home:
Rusty but in good shape, i cleaned the plate, polished the saw nuts, scraped, sanded, and applied a coat of BLO to the handle. All in a days work. Being a full restore i still needed to sharpen it.
It came to me as a 6 ppi saw and i kept it the same. I used 6 degrees of rake and no fleam for this particular saw. There was sone set left from the previous tuning and i was happy with the way it looked so i left that alone. Here it is making a few rips in red oak:
And of course the money shots:
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty