Hand Saw Restoration

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Project by Justin posted 04-29-2010 11:38 PM 5395 views 3 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my grandfather’s hand saw and it’s been sitting on the rack in the basement for a while just rusting, so when my pop passed away I wanted to restore it for memories more than anything else. I am prettying sure there is not anything rare about the saw but it’s just nice to have. The old handle had a few cracks so I thought I would make a new handle out of cherry. I later then removed all the rust and removed all the kinks in the blade. In the end I am happy with the results but the saw wouldn’t hurt to have a sharpening.

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 11:44 PM

Looks great. What brand is the saw?

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 11:48 PM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 11:51 PM

I am not sure what brand it is because it was so rushed and i don’t think there was any etching. Is there any other way to tell what brand it is besides etching? like the stamped rivet or something?

Here is a closer look at the stamped rivet, not sure if its of any use

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 12:14 AM

Ummmmm…it says Disston on the rivet….but maybe it is just a Disston rivet and not a Disston saw …LOL
Nice job , I’m sure your Dad is smiling : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 12:35 AM

I do not know much about the different brands for hand tools, so i am just wondering… Is there anything special about the Disston brand?

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 01:03 AM

I’ve got quite a few different disston saws and I think that the handle you replaced was itself a replacement. It doesn’t seem to have the proper angle to it. Here’s a link to the definitive website for all things Disston

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 01:15 AM

hmm by the looks of it the handle was either a replacement or the rivet was from a different saw because the saw do not look like any of the ones on the site. My pop did have another hand saw in the basement but i did not take note of the shape because it’s missing all of the rivets.

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 01:49 AM

Nice saw.

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 02:11 AM

I’m contemplating a similar adventure on a cross cut saw that belonged to my grandfather. What was your method to make the metal shiny?

-- Tony -

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#10 posted 04-30-2010 02:19 AM

Nice job on the saw

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 02:32 AM


You did a nice job on your Dad’s Saw and maybe that’s the most important thing here. I have a few older handsaws also, one of them is a Disston, a Back Saw.

About a year ago I did the same thing with all of them, the Handles were all okay, just stripped and refinished them and I had them all sharpened. Every once and a while I use one instead of a Power Saw. Amazing how fast we can lose “Hand Eye” coordination.

Actually I have no idea where they all came from my Dad was not a Woodworker, BUT He and his Four Brothers were born in Newfoundland.

Did you here the one about the Newfie that …...LOL….. Just pulling your Leg Justin.

Reards: Rick (Stratten …in case that last name is known to you)

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 02:45 AM

AuroraWoodworks – I just used mineral spirits and wet dry sand paper just working through the grits up to 600. I just sanded it enough to remove the rust because i wanted to keep an older look rather then a brand new saw. I then rubbed a bit of 3 in 1 oil on the blade just to keep it from rusted I later rubbed on some paste wax.

Rick S – well the saw was my grandfather’s. I am going to try to use it now and then but i think it needs to be sharpened. have you ever been to Newfoundland rick? As for the newfie jokes I actually find some of them pretty funny.

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#13 posted 04-30-2010 03:20 AM

Justin: No I’ve never been there but it’s certainly on my List, but NOT in the Winter from what I see on the news all the time. My Dad used to tell me stories about Skating to and from School.

Another Coincidence …. AuroraWoodworks ….. I live in the Town of Aurora, just 30 minutes or so North Of Toronto.

Yes. You should get the saw sharpened and use it once and a while. Now and then I enjoy doing a small project entirely with Hand Tools. Cutting the Lawn Ain’t one of them!! ....LOL..


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#14 posted 04-30-2010 03:49 AM

Well the weather in Newfoundland is pretty crazy I must say. There is a saying that is pretty true “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute”. Even though the weather is the way it is. I would not change it for the world, i love it here.

What! you mean to tell me you don’t cut your lawn with a pair of scissors?! lol…

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#15 posted 04-30-2010 10:21 AM

Nice job, sure your father would be proud.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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