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Don Broussard

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This saw was given to me for helping build an outdoor deck. I find it unusual that the tip is only 1/2” wide. The blade itself is 26” long. It is 8TPI and has a Disston badge (I’m not sure how well the close up of the badge will show that). The handle is attached to the blade with 4 screws plus one badge—one of the screws and nuts is missing. I sanded off the surface rust and I don’t see an etching on the top of the blade.

With all the hand tool experts on LJ, I am hoping I can get some help identifying the saw.

Thanks in advance for your help!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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#1 posted 593 days ago

http://www.disstonianinstitute.com/medv2.html

Maybe you can get some information from this site.

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#2 posted 593 days ago

@Grandpa—Thanks for that resource. From the style of the medallion (what I called the “badge” earlier), it looks to be a Disston D-23 crosscut saw made between 1940 and 1947. BTW, the medallion is 13/16” diameter. I’m not sure that it’s a D-23, though. I haven’t seen my saw blade’s profile on the website yet, though, but I’m still looking.

I’ve also included a close up of the broken handle—that might provide additional clues to its identity.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#3 posted 593 days ago

any serious sanding on the side of the blade will remove any chance of identifying the saw. It is likely too rusted to tell anyway.

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#4 posted 593 days ago

@Grandpa—I just knocked off the loose rust with my RO with a very light touch on low speed. I plan to clean it with Evaporust tonight and see if any etchings show up.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 593 days ago

That is the best thing to do and preserve as much of the saw as you can. They used to say that the more screws in the handle the better the saw. This might have been a fine saw in it’s day.

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#6 posted 593 days ago

i’ll be surprised if you ever see the etch again on the saw. From the looks of it, its pretty rusted and pitted. Good luck and let us know.

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

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#7 posted 593 days ago

@Grandpa—I’ll post more pictures on the “clean” saw tomorrow. I will look on the Disstonian Institute site to see if they have information regarding the number of screws suggesting a higher quality saw. Thanks for the tip.

@Don W—I am not optimistic about seeing an etching or a stamp either. Can you comment about the preliminary identity as a Disston D-23? FYI, the blade appears to be the original size, and not reduced due to numerous sharpenings.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 593 days ago

Post it over here. Lots of guys hang out that know a lot more than me.

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

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#9 posted 593 days ago

@Don W—Will do. Thanks for the referral.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#10 posted 574 days ago

Since I started this topic almost three weeks ago, this post is an update on the saw’s “restoration”. I put that it quotes since I’m not really restoring it as a collector would; I’m restoring it to put it back in service. Being pretty was not a requirement.

I got a handle the mail today from a fellow Lj need2boat harvested from a similar Disston D-23, and I polished the screws and nuts, and remounted the tote. I did not do any sanding or beautifying on the tote, since it already has “character” from prior use. This is what that same saw looks like today:

Thanks to all for your encouragement!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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