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Project by Tomcat1066 posted 2271 days ago 1765 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 2271 days ago

Tomcat, you did a nice job on the saw taking off the rust.

Your posts got me looking at my saws that have been hanging on pegs. I haven’t used them in years. They both look like yours before you cleaned it. But in closer examination of the saws I discovered that they both were Disstons. I may try to clean them up later but I really never paid any attention to the brand until you started your posts.

Thanks for educating me.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Tomcat1066

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#2 posted 2271 days ago

Cool! Glad I could be of service :)

-- "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!

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Dorje

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#3 posted 2271 days ago

Fun stufff – keep it up. I’m enjoying what you’re doing here.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Tomcat1066

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#4 posted 2271 days ago

Thanks Dorje! I’m having a blast with them.

Now I just have to let the blisters heal before I attack the last old saw I’ve got sitting here ;)

-- "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!

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#5 posted 2271 days ago

I have enough of those to keep you in blisters for a while Tomcat, makes me feel gilty of neglect.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Tomcat1066

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#6 posted 2271 days ago

Les,

Just send them my way! I promise you they won’t be neglected here ;)

-- "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!

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