Grandfathers Disston Rancher rebirth

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 03-12-2012 08:46 PM 7767 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I guess it might as well be a good time to add this blog for I have the pics…...and the work is done.

This old Disston Rancher rip saw has been in our family far before I was in our family….lol

I can remember seeing it in our garage… our old log cabin home. I think back how lucky I have been to have spent my early years inside a real log cabin with all of these great things…the old garage…..and old tools!

Of course as a kid….you think of it hanging there….as sort of an ornament on the log walls…one not to play with at 6…

My grandfather pretty much had handed the saw down to my Father…who used it for the usual odd project in the house…or sawing some wood out in the yard on a summers day.

My Mother also used it….my wonderful mom was quite the do it your selfer….haaa, she had no problems working hard and using some old handsaws….she did a fair amount of ripcutting herself on some of her weekend projects as we had wood paneling in some of the rooms where we did not feature the underlying log walls.

Some 30 years have now passed….like years like to do I suppose …..I think years like to show off their speed once you get older…..keep you chasing time to get all the good stuff in that your able to.

So I began making cleanup plans for old The Rancher…I have been learning more about these old saws….and I felt…let’s take the plunge, sharpen..and clean it…lol

I must take a moment to greatly thank Mr. Paul Sellers, his great wisdom and teaching has abled me to begin to learn how to sharpen handsaws…..thanks so much for this gift.

So here are some pics of that….I did not go all out in my efforts by taking off the handle….I know many do….but call me crazy…I have a theory on old tools…if the handle fits good…..feels good… good…..leave it. I am not selling it…so a few rough dirtier areas around the handles…fine with me…

Years and years to try and work away:

Some hard work sanding with soapy water then metal polish and I was pretty pleased with the efforts:

Sharpened and ready for some ripcuts….Pine as well as Oak moves with a relaxed effort now!

So there it is…..a tribute to the core of my family really. A saw that was my grandfathers handed down to my father and mother for their use…and now it finds me for use.

I feel good about seeing it…feeling it and knowing….we got the cobwebs and layers of gunk off it.

Now….I see a board…I look over..and there she is the old Disston Rancher…calling to me….lemme at that wood we have some ripcuts to make!

Enjoy all of your work friends, be well!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 08:57 PM

Nice one Joe. There’s plenty of life in that old dog yet.

-- - 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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#2 posted 03-12-2012 10:44 PM

That is a fine job you did with this…......your story reminds me of the movie Gran Torino when the boy first see’s the ol’ man’s (Clint Eastwoods) workshop and freaks out over all the tools….....and Clint says…”Damn boy! I didnt buy all these tools yesterday. It took years to get all these tools.”

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 11:56 PM

Your Grandfather would be proud. You honored his saw. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#4 posted 03-13-2012 11:52 AM

oh yea! nice story. Keepin up the family airlooms. @jaykaypur: Gran Torino…........Awesome movie. Clint will always be king

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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