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    Talking Disston Saw Handle Transformed

    This is a work in progress but I thought I would post pics of it before it is complete. I purchased a newer Disston Saw, around 50's I think and sent the blade out to be sharpened. I didn't like the handle and thought I would give it a shot to change it on my own. So here it is in progress, and I have to say that it is like the golf bug, once you start you can't stop. Please be nice since this is my first handle that I am changing. Attachment 3643

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    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    This is what it looked like...
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    Alan DuBoff is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Heck yeah, it's almost usable now!

    Those are nice saws from that era once you do just what you did to the handle.

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    Much more shapely! Way to go, Tom.

    Take care, Mike
    Wenzloff & Sons Sawmakers

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    Mike, that complement is an honor coming from you. I am going to do more detail work to the handle before I get the blade back from sharpening.
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    Alan DuBoff is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Tom,

    I'd like to offer some advice, and please take it as advice, not criticism.

    Please buy a couple files and take a stab at sharpening your saw. It's something that needs to be done on a continual basis, just as sharpening chisels or hand planes, or any edge tool for that matter...but saws are certainly specialized and I've not really met anyone who has felt comfortable with it when they started.

    Being able to add a bit of set when needed is also good to know how to do, but for a lot of joinery work that is done with backsaws, set is less important and often no set at all is preferred, it all depends on the thickness of the plate, tooth pattern, and size. As the plate and length get larger, I prefer more/some set.

    It's pretty simple to create a saw vise, if you don't have one, or get one on ebay. Get the Somax saw set from Tools for Working Wood, Joel's got both sizes typically. Joel probably has files also, they're like $5/each.

    Anyway, my advice not only to you, but others is if you use western style handsaws, learn how to sharpen them. You will not regret it for one moment. In fact, you will want to sharpen your saw before you use it in many cases, just as you would a chisel or hand plane. A sharp saw is a tool to appreciate, and being able to make your saw that way when you use it is gratifying. I can't imagine having to send out to get a saw sharpened, they don't stay sharp forever, not if you use them to cut wood.

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    Alan-

    Alan Turner gave me the name of a person that in his eyes is the best out there. I will love to learn how to sharpen saws and set and maybe look into making my own saw from scratch. But for now I am waiting for my saw blade to get back and hopefully I will be finished with the handle so I can start sawing when it gets back.
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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    Steve Clardy Guest
    Lookin great Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Henry View Post
    Alan-

    Alan Turner gave me the name of a person that in his eyes is the best out there...
    That would most likely be Daryl Weir, arguably one of, if not the, best sharpener alive.

    Take care, Mike
    Wenzloff & Sons Sawmakers

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    He doesn't like his name mentioned online from what I am told...
    Beauty is only a light switch away!

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