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Forum topic by barecycles posted 07-14-2012 09:06 PM 1534 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-14-2012 09:06 PM

My wife and I hit some flea markets today. Her goal was to find something pretty, mine was to find something old and rusty. Actually, I was looking for an old spokeshave to rescue. Instead, I found this handsaw. I don’t know much about these Disstons, but I know I like cleaning them up and making them work for me. This one was a little special, note the brass and tin repair work done to the handle. It appears someone went to a lot of trouble keeping this saw patched up so it could be used. I figure if someone was that concerned about it, I wanted to bring it home and see what I could do for it, especially after the seller told me most of his handsaws are sold to a guy that takes them home and paints them!

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 09:10 PM


I’m waiting to see how you make it look NEW!

... and how you did it…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 09:15 PM

That is a lot of beautiful metal work there.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 09:27 PM

I take my hat off to you sir for having the guts to try restoring that saw. Looking forward to seeing it fixed up.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Don W

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 09:38 PM

gonna need some glue on that baby. That metal looks nice….and uncomfortable. But it will be pretty when she’s got her shine on. Give her the Andy treatment.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 09:40 PM

That is some serious character. I can’t wait to see her in her glory. I think I might keep the patchwork, in honor of the lady.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 09:50 PM

I’ll reserve the Andy treatment for Andy…he’s money on those saw restores. But I’ll give it my best.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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#7 posted 07-15-2012 01:09 AM

After a short time in electrolysis, I see this is indeed a D8 with 11 PPI. From the medallion and etching it appears to be pre 1928. I have a question though. Did Disston have any etching on their saws on the opposite side of the logo? If not, I guess I have an previous owners name then.

Also, was anything ever engraved on the handles other than patentdate information? I see S.C. engraved on this handle but it looks as if more engraving is covered up by that sexy brass work. If it is engraved by a previous owner they sure did a nice job, it looks commercially done.


-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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