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Postings about hand saws, making your own saws, sharpening saws, refurbing handles, medallions etc.

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I picked up a very nice and clean Disston D8 a couple of days ago.  It may be in the best shape of any old saw I have acquired.  The toothline was dead flat, set was good, teeth very sharp.  I am not sure if it was ever used much at all.







The Disstonian site shows this about the medallion.  I call it a "between the wars:" saw.


I have begun cleaning it up.  No etch to be preserved, alas.

Bob Summerfield posted a while back about using Easy Off oven cleaner to break down the old finish on saw handles.  this is how it came out after the Easy Off treatment and some light sanding.



26 inch 8 PPI.  the saw plate cleaned up nicely, just no etch.  Too much rust and time.

I will post more when it is done.  


Wow, I could have had a D-8
I went through a prolonged saw phase where I accumulated a few saws.  Here is the D-8 collection:

I love the thumbhole model, it is my go to rip saw.  Next to it is a somewhat rare D8 panel saw, 12 PPI.

Left to right, USA Medallion, Philida, Phila, Philida 12 PPI and Phila 6 PPI thumbhole
I'm in, but no time at the moment.

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

I've reached out to Summerfi and hopefully he will pop in from time to time.  Like you, he is a bit busy currrently.  I enjoyed your video tutorial on sharpening on LJ.  Hopefully you can bring it over here if you have not done so already.
Well howdy saw people. Long time no see. Happy New Year to all who love old tools. Roger twisted my arm and made me join this site. I likely won't be around much though. Life has been extremely busy the past couple of years. I've done very little saw work, and shamefully little work in the shop at all. Maybe someday. The D8 handle is looking good, Roger. Oven cleaner does the trick again.
Wow! It's Bob! Nice to hear from you. I was thinking about you today as I was moving some of my projects and blogs to this site. I thought, damn we have so much great info in forum posts and I thought of your medallions thread. It would be great to get that on here at some point.

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

Bob hopefully you find some time to pop in time to time. Your knowledge and skill will make this site even better.
When I see work... I run... but then I can claim the past and say... saw work!

 teeth very sharp. 

Grabbed my denture and running away.

If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

Hey Bob!  Good to see you man.  Hope all is well out west and that 2023 is a goodun for ya!
Thanks guys. Andy, I'm sorry to say the old site has lost my saw medallion blog. Something about too many images on it. I'm working with them to try to recover it, but I'm not optimistic. I seem to be getting the run around.
Oven cleaner is a great trick! Thanks for sharing.

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

 Thanks guys. Andy, I'm sorry to say the old site has lost my saw medallion blog. Something about too many images on it. I'm working with them to try to recover it, but I'm not optimistic. I seem to be getting the run around. 

Bob - That's tragic. If I can recover all the images, would you be prepared to work with me to categorize them under their respective countries/makers? I think we need to preserve this as nothing like it exists anywhere else and it is important historical info. It will take a me a while to get all the images together and saved as individual files, but I think I can do it and am prepared to dedicate some time to it. If you are up for it, I'll send the images on to you once I have them all.

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

Has anyone tried to find Bob’s blog on the Wayback Machine?  I can’t here on my work network but can tonight.
I did Ken, but it isn't there I'm sorry to say.

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

 Has anyone tried to find Bob’s blog on the Wayback Machine?  I can’t here on my work network but can tonight. 
I've tried.   This is the exact reason I started publishing "The Hand Tool Chronicles"    I like a book in my hands

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - https://timetestedtools.net and https://diy.timetestedtools.net

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Oven cleaner is a great trick! Thanks for sharing.

Here is a note from Bob about that technique that I stored in OneNote:

The handle cleaning technique works very well. Oven cleaner for 15 minutes, then wash off. Then oxalic acid crystals in water to brighten the wood. I usually apply it 2 or 3 times. You'll want to scrape or sand off any old varnish before using the acid so you get a more uniform application. Wash the acid off, let the wood dry, then sand. Some handles look almost like new wood when you do this.

If you are ever doing a handle repair and the clean and sanded handle has discoloration or streaks use the Oxalic crystals.  Make a paste consistency and brush the paste onto the handle.  Rinse and repeat as necessary.


Still working on the D-8 posted about above.  I found some hairline cracks that showed up after the Easy Off treatment and sanding.  From my pen turning experience, I favor thin Super Glue.  It leaves a lot of spill over on the surface, but after sanding it, all that shows is a narrow dark line that looks like a bit of grain and once it is stained, will all but disappear.

 Bob - That's tragic. If I can recover all the images, would you be prepared to work with me to categorize them under their respective countries/makers? I think we need to preserve this as nothing like it exists anywhere else and it is important historical info. It will take a me a while to get all the images together and saved as individual files, but I think I can do it and am prepared to dedicate some time to it. If you are up for it, I'll send the images on to you once I have them all. 
Of course, Andy, I'd be happy to work with you on that. I'd want to put it on a more stable platform this time. Perhaps Google Drive and make it universally accessible. As I recall there were over 300 medallions on the blog, so it will be a big job.