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Blog entry by swirt posted 09-07-2010 11:27 PM 2764 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I attended an estate sale this weekend. Sad going through another woodworkers shop and rumaging through their tools. Can only hope to pay my respects by choosing tools that I will put to good use and treat them well. (and by well I do not mean collecting dust on some shelf as a decoration).

Disston saws and North Brothers Drivers

2 Turn of the century Disston Saws and a couple of North Bros Yankee Drill / Drivers are the prizes.

The massive mitersaw is impressive, but I have been after one of the old thumb-hole Rip saws for a long time. The third saw is also a Disston, but is more modern (after 1955). Still a good saw, but a terrible handle design.

A quartet of LARGE wood files
A pair of modern Craftsman pliers
A huge 2” wide Buck Bros Skew Chisel for the Lathe
A Norton Oil stone in a wood case
and a handfull of green sanding pads.

A good collection and all mine for the three $20 bills I had in my pocket. (wish I brought more money)

The trip through a fallen woodworkers shop did get me thinking about how I will pass mine on to my son and HOPE that he still has an interest in them by then.
passing saws on to son

If you are the type that is interested in all the model numbers and dates of these old tools you can read more of the Galoot Gloat here.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 09-08-2010 03:50 AM

Good find.
The tools look like they are in good condition.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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uffitze

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#2 posted 09-08-2010 04:03 AM

the pic of jr is awesome

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docholladay

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#3 posted 09-08-2010 04:49 AM

Swirt, I have several similar saws to what you have there. That giant miter saw looks just like one that I picked up for $10 recently at a flea market. I didn’t even have to clean any rust off of it. I could not believe my luck. With just a little cleaning I discovered it was a miter made for Millers Falls to go with one of their miter boxes. The thing is heavy enough that when making a cut, all you have to do is move the blade back and forth. No additional force is needed due to the weight of the saw. It cuts beautifully. Those other 2 saws are a nice find too. I love those old Disston saws. I am up to 8 in my own collection so far. I just can’t seem to pass them up when I come across them. For that later model one, you may want to experiment with making your own handle. I have found it to be a fun challenge to make new handles for a couple of my back saws recently, but I imagine it would be fun on a full size saw too. Nice Yankee drivers too.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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swirt

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#4 posted 09-08-2010 05:16 AM

Doc, I may make a new tote for the “young” saw. I didn’t really need it, I just threw it in the “buy” pile because I needed a couple of saw nuts to repair an old Disston that belonged to my Grandfather and was missing a nut. It was supposed to be used for parts, but now I’m starting to get attached to it. If I make a new handle it will probably be an attempt at a thumbhole handle. For some reason I really like them.

Have you managed to find a miterbox for the saw? My understanding is that Disston did not make or sell miterboxes, but their saws were packaged with the miterbox by other companies like Millers Falls and Stanleys. I don’t have a miter box for it. I may even try it out as a tenon saw. I mainly grabbed it because I figured some other scavenger would grab it and hang it on their kitchen wall. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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mafe

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#5 posted 09-08-2010 03:05 PM

Hi Doc,
Wauuu, some beautiful saws,and the files with wooden handles… My mouth run from water now, so I better run before my laptop will go under…
Congratulations, you are one lucky bastard, and then for that price.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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mafe

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 03:06 PM

Ohhhh yes, and what a wonderful picture of the upcomming woodworker, tell him your LJ buddy Mad-s thiks he is really cool…
;-)

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

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swirt

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 08:09 PM

Thanks Mafe, I told him. He looked at me like I was green. Apparently I have neglected to teach him the word “cool” in this context. He can tell a rabbet plane from a bench plane, but for “cool” all I get is “not too hot”. I’ll have to work on that.
;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Div

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 09:03 PM

Nice score buddy! You have me green with envy. Decent handsaws are scarce as rocking horse shoes down here!
Who cares about the meaning of “cool” when you know your rabbets from your shoulders? Sometimes it is cool, sometimes hot, it doesn’t make sense anyway! Great going Junior! Tell him to look after Dad in the shop.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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swirt

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 10:10 PM

Hey thanks for the reminder… I need a shoulder plane ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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rivergirl

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#10 posted 09-08-2010 10:23 PM

Love the pic! Now you need to make one of this saw holders someone posted recently. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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swirt

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#11 posted 09-08-2010 10:28 PM

Hee hee. Sadly the most recently posted saw holder was mine, and these three newbies just displaced three smaller saws. So Doc’s prophecy was right, I needed to make it larger with more slots. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#12 posted 09-08-2010 11:56 PM

congrat´s with the new toy´s apropiate to bee playd with of all ages :-)
I wish I cuold have been there before you I´ll wood have robed eeh.. pursvated the bank to borrow….LOL

I love that picture of him with the tools…..here for sure looks like he had taken over the shop…....
just forgot to tell you, that the rocker is your place now…..lol

thanks fro sharing :-)
Dennis

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swirt

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#13 posted 09-09-2010 05:43 AM

Hah Dennis, with your import taxes you’d need to persuade the bank for 2 loans. One for the tools and one for the taxes. ;)
My son has not forgotten to tell me he has taken over the shop. He tells me any time he wants a specific tool….and the specific tool he wants is always the one I am using at the moment. He is persistent and stubborn … of course every time I say that, my wife mutters something about apples not falling far from trees. :)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 09-10-2010 01:02 AM

ha ha ha how werd the earth are, those natur forces seems to rule in every houses
with every toolfreak…..LOL

I have thought about those taxes …. , Irland shuold have the lowest taxesystem after what I have been told
I just have to know a L J in Irland and then import the old rusty iron to him
come over with a truck and haul it back … no problemo… both Irland and Denmark is member of EU :-)

do you think they buy that …..lol
I have just a little gloat myself this week, now I have to find out how to send my paintet papyrusdrawings
of them thrugh the morsekey over the Atlant , but I´m not so sure if they hold the colours so long trugh the water, and then they have to bee dryed on this site…..we realy have to wait and see….

have a great safe weekend
Dennis

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Beginningwoodworker

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 01:08 AM

Congrats on a nice gloat.

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