Saving and old saw

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Project by mccreamark posted 10-07-2008 08:14 PM 2745 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone.
Last Friday I went to help my mother move some junk.I had to cut up some wood and found these old saws in her shed they belonged to my brother when he was an apprentice carpenter in 1978.
I used one to cut up the wood and it cut ok .I decided to see if I could revive it.I asked my mom and she said I should take to other 2 as well.
2 are Disstons and the old one with the brass screws just says “Warrented superior”
I bladed off the rust sanded them with 240 and 400 grit paper and WD40 and waxed them ,I sanded stained and shellaced the handles and re-filed the teeth.
I polished the screws on my minilathe and re-tapped one of the brass screws and nuts.
Ome of the handles was rotten so I cut off the bad part and replace it with bondo and rhen stained it you can seen the difference in colour but otherwise it,s a good,s the top part of the one furthest away.
I tried them out and the 2 big ones are really long and take a bit of getting used to they all cut dead straight and real smooth, but I can feel the kerf dragging against the blade so I think they need a little more set..
The small one cuts great the other two need to be reset .I will try to get a saw set from ebay as soon as I get some cash .I like having them around the shed as they make me feel like and old style craftsman with old style tools.
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#1 posted 10-08-2008 12:06 AM

Hey Mark,

Nice saws, the handles look really good. I recently revived a couple of back saws and I’ve had good luck with my Somax saw set which is available through Lee Valley… And it was cheaper than the vintage ones I saw on ebay (I don’t know what shipping would cost to Ireland though). Anyway, thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 10-08-2008 04:04 AM

I just love those saws. Those “junk moves” are always productive.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 05:15 AM

Rejuvenating old tools and making them useful again – that is a beautiful thing!

-- "Skol, Vikings"

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#4 posted 10-09-2008 06:31 AM

Hi Mark. The saw with warrented superrior is probably a Disston saw. Disston didnot want their madallion going on other brands of saw. They put the warrented superior madallion on the market as a replacement madallion. You can find more info online.

Bryan O

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#5 posted 11-21-2009 08:53 PM

That saw in the middle is gorgeous.

-- Tony

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#6 posted 02-16-2010 01:19 PM

Those came out great! What a find.

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