The Slippery Slope #18: 1874-1875 Disston No 7

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Blog entry by chrisstef posted 06-23-2014 12:35 PM 2053 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ive had this saw all cleaned up for quite some time but had little motivation to sharpen it until recently. I wasn’t super happy with the way that my MDF saw vice was working. There was a lot of vibration coming from the pine jaws and it sat up a bit too high to be comfortable sitting down and filing so I made me another one out of soft curly maple. Sometimes a new tool can be a good motivator.

This saw is a 26” Disston 7 crosscut at 10 ppi. It dates from 1874-1875. Its sharpened at 15 degrees rake and 25 degrees of fleam. The handle had been repaired a long time ago and it was originally held together with a screw through the bottom of the handle. I backed the screw out and epoxied it back together. I chose not to try and blend it all together and leave a bit of its history intact showing off the repair. The upper and lower horn appear to be rounded off quite a bit but it doesn’t really effect the grip too much. Not bad for being 130 years old.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 06-23-2014 12:38 PM

Oh-so-nice! Wow, well done. That saw is lucky you found it!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#2 posted 06-23-2014 12:56 PM

Love the vise, Stef. That saw cleaned up really nice and is a cool piece of history. I don’t know of another hobby where you can use historical artifacts every day to make neat stuff. Pretty cool.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#3 posted 06-23-2014 01:00 PM

Looks great! I’m about to do the same thing to a Disston #12 from around 1896. 8PPI.

-- "I am hiring a realtor if and when the day comes a lion is on my roof."

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#4 posted 06-23-2014 01:04 PM

Great job, man. I have a no7 that need some love. Hope she comes out fractionally as nice as this one.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 06-23-2014 01:40 PM

The results of the saw sure show some inspiration. The maple figure is furniture grade. Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 06-23-2014 03:43 PM

Yeah, love the new saw vice jaws!
Stef, you might need an eBay store, that’s better work than I see online, bud!
Wish I could afford to pry it out of your hands…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 06-23-2014 04:49 PM

Id be hapy to sell this one to ya Terry. I had every intention of putting this one on the market to try and drum up some coins for a new LA jack or maybe a new planer. I think next up is going to be a Harvey Peace panel saw that will require all brand new teeth.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#8 posted 06-23-2014 09:09 PM

Nice work Stef and a lovely saw. Glad you like your new vise. I’ve got a No.7 that I started months ago now. It was in pretty bad shape, but all it needs now is for the handle to be put back on the plate and then sharpened and I just don’t have the time at the moment what with the workshop taking up all my spare time at the weekends. I daren’t take my foot off the pedal though, or I’ll never get in the new shop. So much to do, so little time.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#9 posted 06-23-2014 09:48 PM

Actually, Stef, I think I’d rather buy your new vice! LOL.
PM coming your way…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 06-24-2014 11:02 PM

Dood, great job on that saw…. Vice is tits too.


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#11 posted 06-26-2014 05:06 PM

The vise came out beautifully, as did the saw. I love that you left the repair in all its glory (which was well executed originally).

That first picture is friggin’ amazing. Well done bud.

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 05:57 PM

Gee thanks guys.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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