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Hand Saws #2: My Disston 70

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Blog entry by Don W posted 06-30-2011 01:44 AM 4795 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I hit a few flee markets today and I’ve been looking for a dovetail saw. On the way I stopped at a barn sale. Besides a box of misc plane irons for $5, I picked up this sweet little gem for $8. With my internet research it looks like a Disston 70. I plan to sharpen it, clean it up a bit and use it.

Cleaning. It didn’t take much.

So Cleaned up and sharpened, it came out pretty nice.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com



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kenn

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#1 posted 06-30-2011 06:38 AM

“Pretty Nice”?! That’s an understatement, it looks fabulous.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Brit

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#2 posted 06-30-2011 11:23 AM

Great job Don. Did you apply BLO with steel wool on the handle? How many coats did it take? How long did you leave it between coats? The finish looks great in the pictures and I love the grain of the wood.

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

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Don W

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#3 posted 06-30-2011 01:11 PM

Thanks Kenn

Andy, I did apply the BLO with steel wool. What you see is 2 coats within a few hours. I typically like 3 or 4 coats with a few days in between. The an occasional coat depending on use.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#4 posted 07-01-2011 02:13 PM

Oh, man, what a great find! Turning green over here, wishing for a saw like that… Nice cleanup, enjoy!

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

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Brit

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#5 posted 07-01-2011 11:54 PM

Thanks for the info Don.

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

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#6 posted 07-02-2011 12:09 AM

For the saw fans watching this thread….

http://cgi.ebay.com/VINTAGE-WENTWORTHS-SAW-VISE-/170662486496?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27bc46e1e0

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Don W

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#7 posted 07-02-2011 01:19 AM

So is now a bad time to mention I got the saw vise Wayne is referring to for $5 last week end?

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Howie

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#8 posted 07-02-2011 02:01 AM

Even though I don’t collect old tools I have to look at this and wonder. For the quality of a tool like this I wonder what the person that used it was like and what happened to them. You can be 99.99% certain this was more than someone just using a saw, this had to belong to a craftsman.
Now, fortunately it’s found a home worthy of its being.
Great score and great refurb.

-- Life is good.

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RGtools

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#9 posted 07-02-2011 10:42 PM

How’s she cutting?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#10 posted 07-02-2011 11:22 PM

she cuts pretty nice RG. This was the first hand saw I’ve sharpened. I was pleasantly surprised.

Here is the Wentworth No. 8 saw vice.


-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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RGtools

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#11 posted 07-03-2011 01:43 AM

That is an awesome saw vise.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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WayneC

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#12 posted 07-03-2011 01:45 AM

I agree. I’m keeping my eyes out for one….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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RGtools

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#13 posted 07-03-2011 05:29 AM

Wayne there are several in my area for about 15 bucks maybe they traded for all the good jack planes.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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WoodworkGuy

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#14 posted 10-08-2011 09:10 PM

Great find and nice rehab work on it. I love rooting through flea markets looking for those cost-efficient diamonds in the rough.

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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#15 posted 01-04-2014 05:16 PM

That is a beautiful restoration.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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