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Forum topic by Chris_T posted 04-08-2011 01:02 AM 919 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris_T

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04-08-2011 01:02 AM

Now that I bought a couple of old hand planes I’m thinking of buying more old hand tools. I was thinking about getting a couple of hand saws and a few braces. What brands and models should I look for? I’m thinking tools made around 1950’s or earlier.


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#1 posted 04-08-2011 04:16 PM

DIsston hand saws are probably the most available I have a bunch of them that were my grandfathers and some that were my great grandfathers. They clean up pretty well and are fairly easy to date from the medallions on the handles. Try googling the disstionian institute website, everything you need to know is there sans pricing. Im not real sure on braces.

-- rock, chalk, jayhawk

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 07:41 PM

If you get a saw keep an eye out for something from the later 1800s or pre WW2. The steel used to make the tools back then was a much stronger and better quality steel then what was being used after WW2. I have a couple back saws from the late 1800s that I found locally for less then a few dollars. Clean and sharp they are just as good as most premium saws today.

Another tip with the saws, or any tool for that matter. Keep an eye out for the ones with Brass pins and nuts. Any old tool with brass parts is a sign that it is good quality.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 04-08-2011 08:24 PM

^agree with all above & there are some good examples of rehabbed Disstons around here. I like the larger Stanley bit braces and have rehabbed a few (the #’s elude me right now). Of course, there’s always vintage chisels which are very easy to rehab (I have a bad chisel problem, so beware). I’m confident that Dan can attest to how addictive the vintage tool attraction can be. There’s nothing better, though, and I applaud you for going this route. I mean I really applaud it.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 04-08-2011 08:25 PM

Almost forgot, get you a good saw sharpening system & a set before you embark upon saws. It’ll save you frustration early on & they’re cheap.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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