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Forum topic by klipartstudio posted 08-17-2014 11:44 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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klipartstudio

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08-17-2014 11:44 PM

Hi everyone,

I found a garage sale that was getting rid of all this in a bin. I was wondering if anyone here can identify some of the saws and ratchet and also suggest if any of these are worth repairing/restore. I am new to this and have sharpen a few saws but never restored one or bother to find replacement parts. I would really appreciate your input.

This one is missing a screw.


Need a handle for this not sure where to find it.

bit brace what brand is this?

here is the rest:





Not sure what brand is this.




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Charlie

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 12:00 AM

The Diston straight back (9th picture from the top, light handle) appears to be a D23 straight back. Manufactured some time after 1928, it’s a relatively common saw, but a good user. Diston used good steel and that one looks like it could be sharpened into a nice usable saw. There should be etching on the blade. An emblem right about midway between the handle and the tip, with writing between the emblem and the handle. With corrosion they can be very hard to see. Some get obliterated over time, but I have a couple of old Distons where the etching came through after cleaning up the blade real well.

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 12:07 AM

Here’s a Diston D23 showing the etching. It’s on craigslist in my area right now :)
http://rochester.craigslist.org/tls/4595039715.html

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#3 posted 08-18-2014 12:39 AM

Most of your saws are warranted superior, which oddly enough means they are second line saws from the larger manufacturers that they didn’t put their name on. But given the time frame they were made, they are still good users. You can find replacement screws by buying another saw with a bent or otherwise useless plate but useable screws.

I can’t tell the brace by looking at it like some guys here can, but the maker is usually stamped on this part:

You can brush it a bit with a stiff brush or sand it a bit if you’re not worried about keeping it original to try to uncover the maker mark.

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klipartstudio

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#4 posted 08-18-2014 03:29 AM

Thanks for your post this is really helpful. The Diston do feel really well built the metal also feels stiffer. I would like to tune-up the Diston can anyone of you direct me to a good tutorial?

As for the brace I have used it already but realized I need a different size auger. So I am in the search again to buy a good set augers. I did notice an engraving 4010 on the brace where you indicated Tim. I did do a google search for Stanley 4010 and looking at the images results it really does resumable the one I just purchased.
https://www.google.com/search?q=stanley+bit+brace+ratchet+4010&safe=off&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=YnHxU8nyHoOLyATYr4HYBA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1440&bih=764#q=stanley+bit+brace+ratchet+4010&rls=en&safe=off&tbm=isch

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 01:42 AM

If you can’t find Stanley on there anywhere that could mean Stanley made it but didn’t put their name on it and sold it through someone else.

What does the Disston need? Maybe just plate cleanup and sharpening?
There are a variety of ways to clean a saw plate. Here are two:
http://thesawblog.com/?p=627
http://www.forums.woodnet.net/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=&Board=handtools&Number=6366663&page=0&view=collapsed&sb=5&o=&fpart=all

And here’s a great tutorial by another LJ on sharpening saws. You can just watch the part applicable to your situation.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-_MF2Mnxwc

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