Vintage Disston rip saw

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Project by Carey Mitchell posted 07-17-2020 08:14 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The rip saw is finished. It has seen considerably more wear than the back saw, so I elected to only remove the rust from the plate, the grime from the wood and corrosion from the brass. I did not polish the brass as in the back saw, but kept most of the patina.

The saw was recently sharpened and is ready to cut; its a 4 point rip.

When I flattened the broken horn preparing to scarf a piece, I was puzzled. I would have assumed the wood was walnut, but it is not porous. Cherry? Nope, too yellow. On line I learned that this model was made with apple handles. Lacking any apple, I used cherry, dyed it first with fruitwood to get the yellow, then brown walnut. Near perfect match.

The particular logo design on the medallion indicates this saw was made between 1896 and 1910.

Let to right: one grandad’s saws not worth restoring (bent blade), one of granddad’s restored saws, the back saw, and the rip saw.

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#1 posted 07-17-2020 10:17 PM

Nice repair on the horn.

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

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#2 posted 07-19-2020 02:58 PM

Nice work. I have the same saw. One of my favorites.

-- Galootish log blog,

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