Saturday night saw cleanup

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 03-31-2012 11:02 PM 1672 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello again woodworkers, I figured I would sit down and soon get a cold ale and journal another blog about a fun evening in the shop completeing 2 more cleanup additions to my recent auction adventures!

Now…..if you have been following this….I know I said there will be another post of a second free saw cleaned up…well..did not even get to that yet….lol. So these are two other tool picks from a few recent auctions I was lucky to come across and pick up very cheap.

Basically if you are new to woodwork and like old school galoot style handtools kinda stuff….take my advice….and hunt at an auction for a later Disston 1953-55, wood handles USA badge at least. If you find the right seller…..(basically someone that could care less about woodworking and needs to clean out an old garage and make a buck …lol)....these are your places to check.

These are the advantages of doing handtool work…I find these sellers literally as my earlier post stated start giving this stuff

The most important advantage….have some information on cleaning and caring for the old and forgotten saw and you will for a few hours work or shop sessions…get something with great rewards to use and look at!

I have included my most recent handle and saw resto with these two new additions so have some fun and take a look!

Pic 1: Just picked up this old Disston, again this is not a collectable of any sort…...but hell I want to use it not hang it! I did not take any (before) pics…but trust me…it did not look like this….lol

Pic 2: Here is the trio with this cool little Disston Countryside saw. Cleaned it up…did up the handle and this is pretty sharp as is. Cuts like a champ!

Pic 3-4: More pics of the cleaned up

Pic 5:

I used my formula that has worked well for my own satisfaction anyway….soapy water and sandpaper, Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil for the handle then let it cure. Then I only do a light coat or 2 of clear shellac…and I get what I call a rustic looking handle…kinda goes nice with my shop not over fancy as they get used.

All three handsaws cut very well….feel good using, and now even are cleaned with a few hours of handwork on them. How much in total did these finds cost? 2 dollars for the small country side, one dollar for the larger D-23, and the one with my darker handle as you may have previously read….free!


I hope that maybe someone new to this craft that just got the bug by watching the Woodrights Shop might look forward to getting out there to an auction and do a little digging…because if the timing is right…you can get some really nice finds that you can clean, use and even show off a little. The 3 dollars I paid will not even pay for the shipping on an EBAY win for any saws of this time period, so it’s worth a little hunting…and its more fun!

Thanks for stopping in and looking friends,



-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 11:33 PM

Great job! How many hand saws do you have now?

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 12:18 AM

Ha…’s getting up there jaykaypur…..but the total cost is really almost unreal, I will have to add it up soon and include in an upcoming blog. It’s not very much at all! Thanks for the comments and have a great weekend!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 05:30 AM

Nice, nice.

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 09:37 AM

It’s nice to see that these good quality hand tools are enjoying a second life. You can feel the love!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 12:33 PM

a gr8 reason to celebrate these fine, fine saws. Cheers.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 10:52 AM

Great finds but even better resto.
I think you are building up a wonderful little family there, they will be a joy to take in the hand.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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