|Project by Tomcat1066||posted 01-28-2008 07:30 PM||2201 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Until I get my shop fully up and running, I’m stuck doing tool rehabs as my projects. This one is my Disston D-8 panel saw. The medallion dates it’s manufacture sometime between 1896 and 1917. Obviously, this makes it a very old saw. What is really cool about it is that it still retains most of the etching on the blade, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to get that with the camera.
The blade was scraped with a razor blade to break loose as much rust as possible, then sanded with 220 grit and mineral spirits to start with, then I upped the grit on the sand paper to 320, still with mineral spirits. The handle was in pretty good physical condition, but the wood tone was just blah. A little BLO fixed it up, and now it’s absolutely beautiful. Apple wood is definitely a lovely wood!
The etching on the blade prevented me from taking this one down to bare metal like I did on the back saw I posted recently. However, I will probably give it another run at some point in the future. This one, coupled with the back saw, put blisters on my fingers in placed I hadn’t imagined I could get blisters! I’ll have to come back at some other date and see what else I can do.
Also, I plan on using a trick to help the etching using gun bluing and sand paper to make the etching look more like it did originally. Hopefully by then, I’ll be able to actually take photographs of the etching!
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!