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My wife and I hit some flea markets today. Her goal was to find something pretty, mine was to find something old and rusty. Actually, I was looking for an old spokeshave to rescue. Instead, I found this handsaw. I don’t know much about these Disstons, but I know I like cleaning them up and making them work for me. This one was a little special, note the brass and tin repair work done to the handle. It appears someone went to a lot of trouble keeping this saw patched up so it could be used. I figure if someone was that concerned about it, I wanted to bring it home and see what I could do for it, especially after the seller told me most of his handsaws are sold to a guy that takes them home and paints them!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 767 days ago


I’m waiting to see how you make it look NEW!

... and how you did it…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 767 days ago

That is a lot of beautiful metal work there.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 767 days ago

I take my hat off to you sir for having the guts to try restoring that saw. Looking forward to seeing it fixed up.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#4 posted 767 days ago

gonna need some glue on that baby. That metal looks nice….and uncomfortable. But it will be pretty when she’s got her shine on. Give her the Andy treatment.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 767 days ago

That is some serious character. I can’t wait to see her in her glory. I think I might keep the patchwork, in honor of the lady.

-- 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 767 days ago

I’ll reserve the Andy treatment for Andy…he’s money on those saw restores. But I’ll give it my best.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#7 posted 767 days ago

After a short time in electrolysis, I see this is indeed a D8 with 11 PPI. From the medallion and etching it appears to be pre 1928. I have a question though. Did Disston have any etching on their saws on the opposite side of the logo? If not, I guess I have an previous owners name then.

Also, was anything ever engraved on the handles other than patentdate information? I see S.C. engraved on this handle but it looks as if more engraving is covered up by that sexy brass work. If it is engraved by a previous owner they sure did a nice job, it looks commercially done.


-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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