Disston Handsaw Restoration #3: Tote Wood

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Blog entry by Skip Mathews posted 07-15-2014 05:55 AM 2193 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Saw Blade, Tote, and Brass Cleaning Part 3 of Disston Handsaw Restoration series Part 4: Chopping up plane for saw tote »

I can get the wood to repair the tote on this num 12 Disston if I cut up an old woody plane.

In my first post on this saw repair I mentioned having no source for apple wood and that I might need to use Beech instead.
It was pointed out to me by Chrisstef that old wood planes are often made of Beech and the wood could be used on my saw. I just happen to have a box of old planes. I bought six old planes on Ebay for about $20 and I was able to cobble together two really nice planes out of the parts. A Fore Plane with a radius iron and a Jointer. This is what’s left over. So… I will be chopping one of these up tomorrow night.

I did a little more research on this saw and the medallion dates it from 1896 to 1917.
How cool is that!

I also used the Disstionian site to help sketch out the missing parts of the tote.

I can’t wait to get back to this project tomorrow!

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 12:34 PM

Looks like you’re right on track. A good restoration plan.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 12:36 PM

And there she is! Fixing the handles still intimidates me for some reason so im glad to see youre jumping right in on it. If you can manage to fix handles and busted horns saw sharpening will be a breeze. Pretty good artist work there as well Skip!

If you ever need a printed template of a handle …..

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 03:54 PM

Thanks for the comments! And thanks for the saw handle templates! What a great resource!

-- Being focused on a project is the best meditation, it allows you to live in the moment"

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 08:35 PM

Good luck, this looks like you’re doing great.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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