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Forum topic by TungOilTim posted 12-06-2010 08:54 PM 1266 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TungOilTim

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12-06-2010 08:54 PM

Topic tags/keywords: disston craigslist

I’ve saw a guy on craigslist selling an old Stanley miter box and Disston saw. I’ve heard about the old Disston saws and how good they were, but I don’t know much about them. Does anybody have or use a miter box or saw like this? I’m mainly interested in the saw, he’s wanting 20 bucks. Thanks for your opinions and your help, I appreciate it.
http://www.icantclick.org/gallery2/fujis/forsale/
Tim

-- Tim, Plant City FL


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dbray45

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 09:11 PM

I had a Stanley miter box which for a time, now my sister has it (I think) that looked similar. The backsaw that I had was a 30+” backsaw with about 12 or 14 tpi. The one I had was very accurate and very smooth (sorry I gave it away). If the roller bearings in the saw guides were kept oiled and clean and the saw maintained it could be a good buy. I would get a longer backsaw instead of the one shown.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 09:13 PM

Disston saws – the older ones, are excellent saws. I have a few.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 10:04 PM

Tim,

For 20 beans i dont think you can go wrong. If you want to put a date on the saw you can go to a website called the disstonian institute to date the saw based upon the emblem … looks like an older one to me but im not positive. I have tried using any of the disston saws but i do have 5 of them which were my great grandfathers.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 11:35 PM

That is a great buy! Good saw with or without the miterbox. I’d buy it.

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

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 11:59 PM

I think $20 would be a very good buy. The saw alone would be worth it. And, if it’s not sharp, you could spend some time and do it yourself. See
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/21970

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TungOilTim

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#6 posted 12-07-2010 01:15 AM

Thanks everyone for all the help. If he hasn’t sold it yet, I’ll go pick it up and show it to you. HallTree, if I notice it’s pretty dull, I might have to take you up on sharpening it!

-- Tim, Plant City FL

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swirt

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#7 posted 12-07-2010 10:35 PM

Please tell me you got it while everyone else was busy covering up their plants to protect them from the frost. ;)

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

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 01:19 AM

Tim I would invest you can’t go wrong Henrey Disston and sons produced an excellent saw
up until 1955.Then they were a part of Sandvik saws of sweden,which us oldtimers treasured.
If you could afford a Sandvik you had it.When Sandvik bought them the quality of steel stayed.
Once sharpened they hold their edge.Just make sure its the older Disstons once Sanvik sold them out
the quality went.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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