|Forum topic by dmr400||posted 06-14-2012 07:22 AM||6662 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
06-14-2012 07:22 AM
Hello all, first poster here. Been lurking for too long :)
I’m slowing turning my power shop into a hybrid one, and don’t have too much experience with hand tools. I was suckered into a garage sale last weekend by a simple weathered piece of plywood, on which was spray painted “MAN SALE—>”. Who could resist?
Anyway, I found 4 rather beat up handsaws, and only intended to buy one (the last in the post). But when he said he’d take $10 for all of them, I walked away with lots of practice material.
They are a bit rough, perhaps too far gone, but I bet there is enough experience here to tell me which (if any) are worth restoring. I’ll keep my opinions to myself for now.
All the saws are currently filed rip, and all will cut though they could all use a sharpening. All of the saws have tapered plates.
Saw #1: Unknown maker (to me anyway), only clue is the medallion which faintly says “Made in East Germany”. 8PPI, 26” long.
Saw#2: Disston D-23: Made sometime between 1911 and 1990 according to a disston history site, I wasn’t able to date it more specifically. 8 PPI, 26” long.
Saw #3: Disston D-95: Manufactured between 1935 and 1950. Starts at 7 PPI, with the majority being 5.5 PPI. 26” long.
And lastly, Saw #4. This is the one I actually wanted. It’s a Disston D-8, manufactured before 1928 (the one part of the etch visible was actually the D with the “8” showing allowing me to date it as at least that old). 27 3/4” long, starts at 7 PPI and the majority is 5.5. Has a thumb hole for two handed sawing on long rips. Plate is in the best shape of them all.
So which are candidates for restoration? I want to turn them into users, but if any of them aren’t worth the effort I’d appreciate knowing in advance. Blade on the D-8 is straight, the rest have some small curves. No major kinks though.
As a follow up, what would you do with them? Of course I plan on leaving the D-8 filed rip, but what about the others? I do not have a xcut saw, and am considering turning one of the others into one. thoughts? PPI for any/all?
Thanks in advance!