Re-habbing a D8 Etch question

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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 03-14-2012 06:35 PM 1091 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2012 06:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question handsaw etchings handle refurbishing shaping

I picked up a $2 D8 thumbhole handled saw the other day. Rusty, no big deal. Got some of the sawnuts loose, Medallion just spins along with the Bolt, Brass thingy, might be rough to get out.

The Etch is now starting to show through all that rust ( and some pitting) On the handle side of henry Disston & son’s Keystone There is a couple of lines of script, and Mr. Henry Disston’s “john Hancock”. Common thing? Haven’t seen anything in front of the keystone, as yet.

Working my way (SLOWLY) through the grits, and hitting the rust with a Citrius Mold Cleaner from work. We use that stuff to clean off steel molds.

Bottom of the handle has a chunk missing, about the size of the lower “horn”. Break extends to the area where the handle is leaving the blade. NO lamb’s tongue on the handle. IF I can get the handle off the blade, I can plane the break flat & smooth and add a chunk to fix things up.

Just an old Skew back D8, in need of a little TLC…....

Below the handle, on the etch side of the blade, is a stamped “5-1/2”, PPI,maybe?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 11:03 PM

Bandit571, there’s always 1 nut/bolt combination that spins.

I’ve had success using those rubber pads in your kitchen that you use to loosen jar lids. I would use one to “hold” the medallion in your case while unscrewing the nut.

One time this didn’t work, so I fired up the propane torch, heated the nut, then used the rubber pad to hold the bolt while unscrewing the nut. This worked though truth be told I singed the wood a tiny bit :)

$2 is an amazing price for a D8 thumbhole. I’ve been on the lookout for one for ages. And the ones on Ebay get pricy fast.

I did score what turned out to be a Disston No. 12 at a recent Estate Sale for the same price: $2.00. Must be the going rate for rusty saws in the wild.

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 01:25 AM

Did a little handle work on the D8, tonight. A pair of needle nosed vise grips to hold the medallion did the trick..

There was a part of a handle that came with a backsaw that got a new walnut one ( more on that in a few) that I cut down to match what was missing on the D8.

Clamped up in the vise. I had two other projects to do while the glue set. That walnut handle needed some router work. And i added another sawnut to it.

The extra sawnut, says Warrented superior

The other project was at the grinder , for about a half an hour. I was grinding a new iron for a profile plane. takes awhile to regrind an old file into a tapered iron. Still need to get a die grinder to complete the profile. post photos when that is done. Speaking of done, glue-up has set up, so i started shapping the “new” handle on the D8

I’ll refinish the whole thing when the shapping is done. Still need two proper sawnuts, but that’s another $2, and a long walk….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 06:45 PM

That medallion I’m using on the backsaw came from a Plywood handle saw. I’m cleaning the saw plate now, the handle was trashed out. Saw plate has a different kind of cut out for a handle, and one of the holes is a slot. There is an “8” stamped below the handle area. 8 ppi, means a crosscut, right?

Back is straight, not a skew back. Has a “hanger” hole out at the end. There IS some etch, just starting to show through the rust. No other marks on this blade. I don’t know…... would a Thumbhole look right on this blade?

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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