Restored Disston panel saw's

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Project by Matt Vredenburg posted 01-16-2013 06:52 AM 1550 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Two panel saw’s restored. Based on their markings one of them is from 1942-53 and one is from the mid to late 50s.

I also learned how to sharpen these saws thanks to my friend John W. I learned to sharpen using these newer saws so that I am ready to work on some older I just found at a garage sale.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 01-16-2013 11:13 AM

NNice job, keep ‘em coming!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 01:05 PM

Those look great and ready for the next 60 years. How did you get the metal cleaned up so well?

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 06:52 PM

Good looking saws. I hope they cut as straight and true as they look, if so, you got some gems. Hope you put them on “Show the restoration, before and after” thread. Lots of cool restores on Don W’s thread.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 01-16-2013 09:04 PM

Wow! looks great as new. Will be enjoyed for many years more.


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Don Broussard

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 02:33 AM

Very nice work of the restores. I would also encourage you to post this here in the saw restoration thread. I’d like to see the before pictures and close ups of the tote and medallion if you have any.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 12:41 PM

nice looking saws almost to nice to use

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#7 posted 01-24-2013 12:45 PM

Awesome restorations. There’s nothing like saving an old tool.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-24-2013 12:50 PM

Very nice indeed. Congrats on restore and sharpening those beauties, got to love quality hand saws!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 03:32 AM


The saws look great. How rusted were they before you cleaned them? I have a couple to restore and would like to remove as much rust as possible. What did you clean them with?

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Matt Vredenburg

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 11:59 PM

DW833, they were pretty rusty. I used Duro┬« Naval Jelly to remove the major rust, but there a a number of products that could be used. Naval Jelly can be found at your Ace Hardware. I also used abrasive sand paper to remove the rest – orbital sander and using my hand back and forth. The goal is to get the rust and dirt off as quick as possible so you can start to finish and polish the saw face. I am no expert at this but have learned through doing this process a number of times now – you want to remove the rust and dirt using the least effort.

Good luck!

-- Matt, Arizona

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