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Forum topic by Axle505 posted 11-26-2016 11:21 PM 360 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Axle505

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11-26-2016 11:21 PM

Got this yesterday. To the best of my determination, I have a pre-1928 Disston D-23, 8ppi Rip Saw, $10 from an antique shop in Temecula, CA. Covered in rust. First thing was to let it soak in vinegar—amazing stuff—never would’ve thunk it.

Don’t have 26” tub for rust remover? Use a trash bag and some bricks. #2 steel wool, a brass brush, and elbow grease and some Metal Rescue—when the vinegar does all it can….

Scotchbrite pad and some WD-40. I may be done with it….

It’s supposed to be apple wood, but when Disston ran out of their stock of it, went on to more affordable wood. The hand hole as well, indicates a pre-’28, but the D-23 was made until the mid-50s, at least. Stripped with the latest CA soy stripper, which I use if it does the job well enough. Two coats though and I need to use a more industrial strength performer. Flushing with water and a plastic bush does the trick. Laid out here to dry. Enough for today.


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 11:28 PM

Oh, here is the emblem. The backing of it does not strike me as being very old though. Anyone know about how to date these Disston saws? On the other hand, I know the guy who owns the antique display the saw comes from is known to combine parts occasionally. But, this doesn’t make too much a difference to me, as I just want to own decent tools….

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