Disston D-8 Tuneup and sharpening

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Forum topic by SalvageCraft posted 11-20-2011 04:53 AM 1201 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2011 04:53 AM

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Hey all,

I just picked up an old disston d-8 in fairly good condition. It’s got the littlest bit of rust on the blade and could use some sharpening. I’m thinking of using naval jelly to remove the rust, but am open to other suggestions. I imagine I will get the nicest cut with a really smooth blade body. I can post pics tomorrow if that helps.

I would like to sharpen it as well. Do you guys have preferred methods you use to sharpen your saws?

Thanks in advance for any help you may offer.

-- Jesse --

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#1 posted 11-20-2011 04:44 PM

I have a reference blog you might find useful and several projects

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#2 posted 11-20-2011 05:27 PM

no photos?

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#3 posted 11-20-2011 06:26 PM

For rust, this stuff works great. Evapo-Rust. I think it’s pretty easy to find.

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 05:17 AM

Don W: that is quite a reference! Thanks!

Sea Witch: I’ll try that stuff out; I just saw another post where someone else was mentioning it, too.

Stumpy – Photos:

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 06:32 PM

I used a “Boot Tray Door Mat” (sold at Lowes) for soaking my saw blade in Evapo-Rust. It worked well and minimized the amount of solution necessary to cover both sides of the blade.

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 06:59 PM

Brett, that’s a great suggestion. I love Evaporust, but haven’t found something suitable for soaking saw blades. I’ve tried naval jelly and personally found it to be crap, especially after using Evaporust.

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