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summerfi

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11-21-2014 03:31 PM

Hello Lumberjocks. I’m restoring an 1840’s Disston backsaw for a fellow LJ. The restoration will include making a new handle. The original handle was apple wood, and I’d like to keep the saw as original as possible. I don’t have a suitable piece of apple, though, so I may have to substitute another wood if I can’t come up with some apple. I thought I’d query all LJs to see if anyone can help. The wood needs to be quarter sawn (i.e. vertical grain, or nearly so) and dry. The size must be a minimum of 7/8” thick surfaced x 6-1/2” long x 5” wide. If you can help, please PM me with the cost, including shipping.

The picture below is not the subject saw. It is a Disston backsaw of the same time period, shown as an example of what the saw looked like originally.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html


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#1 posted 11-21-2014 03:50 PM

Bob, wish I could help…

Starting to think we need to get a small group together, and buy a chunk of Apple off eBay, and have it dried? I search for Apple constantly, but only find it rough sawn. And 6 feet long! :(

Edit:OK, this pushes me over the edge…gonna build a shop kiln this week! Now shopping for 5/4 Apple to sell or trade for coned brass nuts! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 11-21-2014 04:06 PM

I was looking for a piece large enough to make a handle for this old Disston that I got from my Dad, but I came up with the same results as you guys. notta

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#3 posted 11-21-2014 04:14 PM

Hey Bob, one of the beams of our tree is due to come down probably this spring. Its got some rot in it so its not safe with the boy around, especially as its the easiest to climb. It wouldn’t be dry but if you’re not in a hurry it may be the ticket. I haven’t measured it, but if I had to guess with my memory that one is somewhere around 9-10” dia. That may not be big enough, but its there if you want it. The rotten part is a ways up the tree, but I am not sure how far down it extends. I am just assuming that the center is shot. Come have a look if you want. May be another goose chase, but hey, some of those have turned out alright. If you come, bring that chainsaw. I have some other stuff you may be interested in. Maybe. Let me know

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#4 posted 11-21-2014 04:26 PM

Oh, this guy has kiln dried Apple on eBay…

http://stores.ebay.com/whitecreekcraftlumber?_trksid=p2047675.l2563

$$$$$$$$$$

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#5 posted 11-21-2014 05:11 PM

Check your local orchards. Sometimes around here they have some from trees that they had to cull.

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 05:29 PM

Hi Bob, I have some apple wood that was cut and milled in the 30’s. You think that is dry enough for you? :) Let me know what size you need. Just postage for you.
Richard
(P S I use to live in Hamilton, just down the road from you.)

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#7 posted 11-21-2014 05:33 PM

Sorry I just went back and saw that you listed the size you needed. I will check if its quartered sawed, and let you know.
Richard

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#8 posted 11-21-2014 05:40 PM

there is a guy on Ebay selling Apple spoon blanks, maybe he will have some larger pieces.

his Ebay acct. is newmexico777

-- Putty

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#9 posted 11-21-2014 05:54 PM

Apple is a tough wood to get ahold of. The Orchards around where I use to live found out they could chip it and sell the bags for smoking so it has become almost impossible to get from them in any size. For whatever reason Lunber companies don’t like to sell it often either. Good luck.

I have a 3’ piece with a lot of knots in it that I am hoping to get 2-3 handles out of but it’s been sitting in my shop waiting for a day when I can try and find some good spots on it. It was a cut off from a longer board I just happened to see in a bargain bin and picked it up hoping to get something useful out of it.

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#10 posted 11-21-2014 06:03 PM

Thanks for the help guys. Richard, your 1930s apple sounds perfect. Looking forward to hearing back from you. Putty, I messaged the fellow on ebay and we’ll see what he has to say.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#11 posted 11-21-2014 07:15 PM

Bob I have some apple wood also will check to see if quarter sawn when I get home from work will let you know

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summerfi

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#12 posted 11-21-2014 07:33 PM

Thanks Rob.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#13 posted 11-21-2014 11:50 PM

Hi Bob, checked out the wood and it’s quar sawed. Will pick up a box Monday at the post office and get a chuck off to you. Oh need a addy.
Yous
Richard

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summerfi

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#14 posted 11-21-2014 11:59 PM

That’s great news Richard. PM sent.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#15 posted 11-22-2014 02:16 AM

Bob, just saw your post. I have some apple wood cut about two months ago, but it is air drying. It’s cut to a fat 4/4. If you can wait a while I can send you some.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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