D8 restore

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Project by dbray45 posted 09-24-2015 12:05 PM 1685 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I posted the pictures in the saw thread and thought I should put it in my projects. The saw was given to me by my dentist, turns out it was his grandfathers. It was sitting in a barn for who knows how long.

Cleaned up the plate with electrolysis and found the etching. the etching indicates that it is a very early D8. The tote that was on it was modified to fit (which doesn’t surprise me) and missing a few nuts may not be original but they work). After looking at the Disston web site, the tote at the time was the thumb hole tote. I had a piece of cherry that was too small for a project and too thick to throw away and was the perfect size for this. My wife sees the reasons for keeping all the scrap and hates it, but sees the logic in it.

After all the cleanup, set the teeth and ran it through the saw filer. The stamp says 5 tpi and it is a rip configuration. The original angle (which I kept) of the rake is aggressive at 0 degrees and is hard to start but once started will rip a thick board in a hurry.

It was a fun doing and it is a really nice saw.

Thanks for looking.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 09-24-2015 01:44 PM

Very nice. Love it when tools get a new lease on life.

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#2 posted 09-24-2015 01:52 PM

Very nice, love my thd8

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 09-24-2015 02:29 PM

love the cherry. Nice restore.

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#4 posted 09-24-2015 03:44 PM

Very nice job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 07:08 PM


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 09-25-2015 09:13 PM

You made a fine job of that tote David. That saw will live on for many years to come now.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-26-2015 11:59 PM

Nice work, I have the same saw, that could use the same upgrade. Well done!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 09-28-2015 11:40 AM

Andy – have to thank my wife for that. She goes with me to the woodworking stores (won’t let me go by myself, I guess she is afraid I might get lost) but she has approved a nice sampling of pfeil carving tools. I don’t have all of them but a few of different radii and widths to make it interesting. Learning how to sharpen them has been fun.

Dr. Ken – well, get to it! This one was previously sharpened to 0 degrees so I kept it, very aggressive and hard to start but once you get the angle, it rips a board quickly. Once I get to Florida (Palm Bay) in about 3 years, I will offer saw sharpening.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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