Saw Restoration #2: 75 Cent Disston Saw

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Blog entry by gilleseg posted 10-24-2012 03:07 AM 15369 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 clear out before winter. I quickly brandished my wallet and paid for my new projects.

Come to find out upon some cursory paint removal one of the saws was a Disston of older manufacturing and the other was an interesting one.

The first is a Disston from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Good shape, rust turned out to have done little damage. I was going to have it professionally restored, but I don’t have the funds.

I had to strip the paint and whatever stain I could find off of it.

Then I restored the blade, refinished the handle, and Bob’s your uncle, its a Saw!!

I am asking for help on the next saw. I could not get to much information on it from the internet so any help would be appreciated. Here is a picture of the crest from the handle. I have not restored it beyond cleaning a couple of bolts off.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and please feel free to comment and discuss amongst yourselves.


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#1 posted 10-24-2012 05:25 AM

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#2 posted 10-24-2012 05:35 AM

Nice job on the first one, and well worth doing.

The second one is not easy to identify, ‘Warranted Superior’ seems to have been a shared ‘brand’ idea for many manufacturers, it was a second quality tier item for seemingly all of them. Most of them were made by Disston, or ended up being bought by them, but not all. The handle shape shows the beginning of the oversimplification that takes them from the graceful pieces of the 1870’s all the way to the plastic handles of the 1970’s that were not actually meant for human hands – but just the beginning. I would guess yours is an inter-war saw, so still quite decent.

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#3 posted 10-24-2012 12:20 PM

Arminius- I will probable refurbish it within the next few weeks or so. The handle has some serious problems. The screws don’t seat right because the wood has rotted or chipped away. Will probable have to fashion a new one. I am open to handle material suggestions. Funds are low as always.

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