1940's Disston saw handle refurbished to 1888 model - added wheat carvings

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Project by Scott posted 03-11-2012 10:29 PM 2890 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this saw on ebay, and it had many initials carved in it. It is a 1940-1950 vintage saw, but I always liked the 1888 Disston saw with the elaborate profile and carvings. So I sculpted the handle as you can see in the first two photos. The original is shown in the next two photos. The last photo is the 1888 Disston that I don’t own, but I used the photo as the prototype.

-- Scott in North Carolina

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 02:24 AM

Wow…very nice work on this! Enjoy your new saw…and great carved handle…really nice.

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

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 01:28 PM

Tremendous sculpting work! You’ve given that saw a new lease on life and much more style than it ever had.

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 01:44 PM

Welcome to LJs. Nice job on the handle. its definitely has a new life.

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#4 posted 03-12-2012 01:53 PM

Very nice work. Always a pleasure to see an old saw brought back to life and in this instance improved. That is going to be a joy to use and bring a smile to your face each time you pick it up.

-- 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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#5 posted 03-12-2012 02:10 PM

Nice looking handle, flowerdog, you certainly added some life to the boring factory handle! I just started restoring old saws the past month or so…hope I can pull off a wheat carving as nicely as you did here!

And welcome to LJ’s!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 03-12-2012 03:42 PM

Great Job.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-12-2012 06:09 PM


-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#8 posted 03-12-2012 06:38 PM

Very well done!! Thanks for posting.

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