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Thrakintosh

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212 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: hand saws saws rust old tools hand tools

Merry Christmas to you all!

Total hand saw newbie here. I’ve been offered these two Disstons. Not having restoration time or know how but having an interest in adding some hand saws to my “arsenal” … Can these two saws be salvaged? Missing a few teeth on each. Plates are relatively straight but… well, you can see why I’m asking.

Thanks, Adam.

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY


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Arminius

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#1 posted 212 days ago

No. Absolutely not. I will give you my mailing address to ensure they are disposed of properly.

Seriously, I have seen a lot worse produce a nice plate. The one on the right will probably have a pitted zone around the middle, but is otherwise in decent shape. Those thumbhole handles are to my mind always worth saving, I have never been fortunate enough to find one.

The key point is the condition of the steel – take a look at this Bad Axe article . If the temper is still good, that is a very nice find.

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summerfi

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#2 posted 212 days ago

Adam – Nice find on the Disston thumbholes. They can both be restored. Come on over to the Saws, using, collecting, cleaning and buying thread and look through the old posts to see the possibilities. There are some knowledgeable people there who will be happy to guide you through the process.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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Slyy

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#3 posted 212 days ago

Adam – I totally agree with Bob here! Check out the thread he linked and you will find a veritable plethora (and yes I know what a plethora is) of information that can show you that even a saw that looked three times as bad as those could be easily salvaged with the right tools and a little bit of time and love!
Those saws have already lived a long life and a long story, I think they deserve the chance to be a part of your story for a while as well, you clean and take care of them and they can easily continue living long after your story is done as well
Best of luck making those beautiful Disstons full of life again!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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racerglen

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#4 posted 212 days ago

Yes Adam, worth the effort !
As the other guys point out there have been worse saved, it’s some work but you WILL like what you end up with !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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TobyC

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#5 posted 212 days ago

A D100, and a D8, both thumbhole! Two of the most sought after American made saws! Yes, very fixable and very worth it. Come on over to the thread Bob posted and you will be on your way.

-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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Don W

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#6 posted 212 days ago

oh so worth the effort!!!

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

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#7 posted 211 days ago

I could be wrong but the hole pattern is the same for a handle without thumb holes on some models. It should be fairly easy to find a D8 with a nice plate and switch it out. If not you can just drill holes in the replacement plate.

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#8 posted 211 days ago

There is no reason to discard those blades! The handles are what need the most work.

-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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theoldfart

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#9 posted 211 days ago

Thumbholes, oh yea. Love my D8. and the restore can be coached on the dream saw thread as posted by Bob. Good people and info there.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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Thrakintosh

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#10 posted 211 days ago

Well, I’ll be! If I told you all that they’re combined cost would set me back less than a Starbucks coffee would you change yer minds?

Seriously, I appreciate all of the feedback and encouragement.

One of my challenges is that what little time I have for our beloved hobby is one that I’ve found over the years to be best spent building with tools not working on restoring tools. With that said… If I chose to accept the task of doing some part of the restoration work (the handles for instance) are there willing individuals who would accept a portion of my semi-disposable income and do the restoration for me? as I mentioned – I’m a total hand saw newbie. I’d much prefer start with a properly restored and tuned saw and then learn the use and maintenance part (filing, sharpening, etc) on my own.

I know this probably runs askew of most of your beliefs but I’m bein’ honest here! Your advice is appreciated.

A

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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TobyC

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#11 posted 211 days ago

The journey is worth taking, something happens to a man when he reworks a saw for the first time. You will gain a love and appreciation for the sound and feel of a good saw cutting wood. And there is the pride that comes with the accomplishment of a task that too many shy away from.
On your wedding night did you get someone else to do the “dirty work”?
A fresh saw is a thing of pride, do it yourself, take the journey, you’ll be glad you did.
And you will see woodworking in a completely different light, every time you pick up a saw you will feel a connection that you never had before.

-- Cigarettes and squirrels are completely harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it up.

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Don W

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#12 posted 211 days ago

A large or small Starbucks coffee?

We all know, like a small puppy, you wouldn’t have brought them home if your intent wasn’t to save them. Toby said it, you’re hooked.

There is plenty of help here. And those can become prized tools to be proud to own and use.

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

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summerfi

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#13 posted 211 days ago

Adam – Those saws have been waiting a long time for someone to care about them. The nice thing about doing it yourself is, you don’t have to rush. Take your time, do it a little here and a little there, and before you know it you’ll have that sense of accomplishment Toby talked about. Really, it doesn’t take that long. And I’ll promise you this—once you have restored a tool and thereby really get to know it personally, you’ll be better at using the tool and will have taken a step forward in your pursuit of craftsmanship.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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Slyy

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#14 posted 211 days ago

Adam – Again all the fellas here are leading you in the right direction! As proud as you feel for the items made by your own hands, imagine the feeling of making those same things but with a tool you rescued from near death and brought back into the world of the living that, itself, was just as much a work of art for the craftsman who made a hundred years ago or more!!!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Thrakintosh

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#15 posted 211 days ago

You’re all a very persuasive (and persistent) group! I can definitely hear the enthusiasm, ok, I’m sold. I’ll go rescue those bad boys tomorow and know that as time (and interest) allows I will resurrect them to a renewed sense of glory.

Bug has bit… There’s no denyin’. Thanks, fellas!

-- Adam - Red Hook, NY

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