Backsaw overhaul

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Project by Greg Salata posted 02-07-2008 08:29 PM 2350 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had this old Disston backsaw around my shop for quite a while.

Although functional it was less than pleasing to the eye.

One evening while looking at it I decided to dress it up a bit and scheduled it for surgery.

I removed the handle and started working with my rasps on the old ugly handle.

After a bit of work this is what I came up with.
I believe the handle is beech.

Patterned off of one of my old saws it not only looks better but feels so much better as well.

I use this saw much more frequently than in it’s prior life.

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#1 posted 02-07-2008 08:52 PM

Very nice job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-07-2008 08:55 PM

Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 02-07-2008 08:57 PM

Very nice face lift to your back saw. I am trying to do the same or make a new handle. I will post it when ready. I am searching for the fixing nut bolt

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 02-07-2008 09:15 PM

Very nice job. I like the newer handle style you made better than the post WWII Disston handles anyways. Very nice job.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-07-2008 09:38 PM

Nice work, always like to see old tools looking good again like they deserve.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 02-07-2008 09:45 PM

KEWL! A backsaw with a flame job! Looks good!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#7 posted 02-07-2008 09:50 PM

Looking good, nice work. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 02-07-2008 11:16 PM

That is a transformation!

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#9 posted 02-07-2008 11:39 PM

Greg, I like what you did to the saw. I have a couple of Disston had saws that I have been meaning to knock the rust off of but I wouldn’t have considered reforming the handle. I like what you did with this backsaw.

Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 02-08-2008 01:08 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words.


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#11 posted 02-09-2008 08:16 PM

Thats amazing what you have done to reshape that handle! It looks SO cool now. Great job on the restoration, it’s got an entire new life.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 02-10-2008 07:40 AM

Very cool – what kinds of files and rasps did you use?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 02-10-2008 03:20 PM

After shaping on the bandsaw, I used a small set of riffler rasps for the details.

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 09:09 AM

Greg – what’s the blade length and ppi on this saw? Also, rip or cc?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 06-13-2008 09:36 PM

Very nice job!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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