Another Yard Sale…Another Saw…..

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 07-11-2016 02:21 PM 504 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend, I happened to visit another local yard sale where they happened to have a small selection of tools.

I picked up this old Disston D8 Crosscut saw for $2.00 !! A little rusty, but it is still extremely sharp like it had been only minimally used. Adding this to the growing pile of hand saws waiting to be refurbed.

With this ever-increasing arsenal of saws, I really need to get off my duff and get a new saw vise built, but I’ve got so many irons in the fire right now, this project is way down the list.

Fortunately, I have enough sharp rip and cross-cut saws hanging around the handsawgeek shop to keep me going for awhile.

Just grab one of em’ and go….

Also at this yard sale I found a little treasure trove of ¼” drive sockets, neatly packed into a plastic parts drawer. The bulk of them are ‘el cheappos’ made in China or Taiwan, but I did find one that was a vintage made-in-USA “Fleet” brand, which was nice because I’ve got some very old Fleet ¼” and ½” ratchet drivers in my mechanics tool set.

I also found one lone Snap-On socket in the lot.

One of the best parts of this deal was that I managed to put together a decent set of metric sockets, which was previously lacking in my tool kit.

Not a bad haul for a mere buck.

The other purchase was a little jeweler’s screw driver set. Never can have too many of these hanging around – especially if one is a reading-glasses-wearer. Always losing those dumb little screws.

Anyway, the ‘geek’ walked away happy with this stash of stuff for 4 bucks.

Onward and Upward…..

-- Ed

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#1 posted 07-11-2016 06:25 PM

Nice get, Ed!

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 10:57 PM

Thats how I started. First Live auctions, then yard sales, flea markets. I bought old handsaws and used them to practice my sharpening skills ! Some dont hold edge that well BUT I learned how to sharpen .

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#3 posted 09-06-2016 11:47 PM

Nice find. I acquired a few from my father’s estate sale. I need to make a saw sharpening vise soon. I think I have the files all set. Tried sharpening a 14tpi back saw with the wrong file and no saw vise a while back. It was horrible. Loud, painful sufferring…for the saw. :D

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Upstate NY USA

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