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jevarn71

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07-27-2011 02:07 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saw tenon saw disston

I’ve come across a Disston tenon saw that I’m interested in getting. I’d like to have it to use, but I’m not sure if “restoring” it as a user would lessen its value as a collectable if it even has that value. Any advice would be welcome.

The only details about the saw that I’m sure of is that it is a 14” Disston tenon saw. Thank you in advance.

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking


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Rev_John

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 03:53 AM

Put a picture of the Disston Badge, that will help us put a date to it.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 05:37 AM

It is not that old. It is meant to be used. Enjoy it.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune: http://lowbudgetwoodworker.blogspot.com/

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 06:01 AM

Use it. Based on the handle, that one is probably a post 1950’s saw. It isn’t particularly valuable, but should be a good user. Get it sharpened up nicely and put it to use. The steel in those saws is much better than anything you can buy today.

Doc

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

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hairy

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 06:16 AM

I have one very much like it. It’s a back saw. Use it. Here's some info.

It’s a good tool.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 01:56 PM

I agree with David. I purchased several Disstons, thinking I had made a great score. They’re readily available and meant to be used. I’ll restore mine, make new handles, and learn how to sharpen/set teeth. There are probably some very valuable ones out there but I don’t own any of them;)

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

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#6 posted 07-27-2011 02:05 PM

Thank you all for your advice. I think I will go ahead “write the check”!

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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Bertha

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#7 posted 07-27-2011 02:10 PM

^you can then join the old saw novices here (like me). There are excellent blogs on setting and sharpening teeth. There are some addictive blogs about shaping new handles. If you end up with a tool that you love to hold in your hands, having rescued it from some rustic interior designer out there, you’ve done a good thing by both of you. That’s my opinion, at least.

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

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#8 posted 07-27-2011 02:11 PM

Hey John,

Here is a better picture of the badge:

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 02:25 PM

Al,

I’m sure the saws will become addictive. I’ve already caught the other addiction that I’ve seen you post quite a bit about, hand planes:

I only just recently started my collection, now I must get around to restoring and learning to use them!

-- Jason, JEV Woodworking

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#10 posted 07-28-2011 06:41 AM

Jason, there is lots of info on restoration and their use here. Welcome to the slippery slope.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 07-28-2011 07:19 AM

there like patato chips, you can stop at one. I have a few here and a bunch here and some here to start.

Have fun!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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