Disston No.7 Tune Up

The last set of saw files I had bought for an earlier rehab didn’t impress, so before I turned my attention to my new-to-me Disston, I had decided to find a better saw file. I had read a lot of disappointing reviews of Nicholson saw files, but one maker that consistently received positive reviews was Swedish toolmaker, Bahco. Given that my lineage is of Swedish descent, coupled with all the positive comments, it made my decision a no-brainer. My initial stop was Ebay, but while prices for a 7″ slim taper file were certainly attractive, the shipping prices were not. A search online led me to http://www.industrial-tools.ca. File prices were on par with Ebay, and shipping was reasonable. Even better I would have them in my sweaty little palms in 3 days via UPS.

The saw plate as I said in my previous post was in excellent condition as far as tooth shape and straightness. I gave the teeth a light jointing to bring them all to the same height, which only took a couple swipes with an 8″ file, and then made a pass with the saw file to eliminate the flats created in the jointing process. The greatest attention this saw needed was setting the teeth…it would bind in the cut within just a few strokes. 20150927_100206[1]I set the dial on my saw set to the number 8 setting and started at the heel on one side setting every second tooth. When I reached the toe I reversed the saw and set the alternate teeth. My saw set has a plastic magnifier to aid with the setting process. Today I removed the magnifier, and found it made an immediate improvement. I would suggest that of you have one of these sets, and find the magnifier somewhat less than helpful, to remove it. It may work better for you…or not.20150927_102205[1]20150927_101353[1]Once that was completed I put a scrap piece of pine in the bench vise and found the saw cutting 100% better already with just the teeth set. Now on to the sharpening process…I clamped up the saw in the vise and made 2 passes with the saw file on each tooth keeping equal pressure on the file each stroke, working from heel to toe. Here is a shot of the finished teeth set and sharpened:20150927_111419[1]After a quick test run the saw cuts great…ready for the zombie apocalypse!

Flea Market 7 Point Ripper

LOML and I decided to go to the flea market this morning…there seemed to be an abundance of tools today. I didn’t buy up a storm, but a little Disston ripsaw caught my eye. When I went back to have a look, the vendor, a man in his 60’s commented that it was a Henry Disston saw. I picked it up and turned it over to have a better look, trying to pick out a trace of an etch on the plate but couldn’t see any under the staining. I looked down the toothline to see if it was straight, and was a little suprised how straight it was, and how even the teeth were. If this saw had been sharpened in it’s lifetime it was by someone who knew what they were doing. What caught my eye originally was the nicely shaped beech handle with it’s carved lamb’s tongue….in a sea of plywood and plastic handled saw shaped objects this stuck out like a sore thumb. We talked for a minute about the saw, I commented it was a nice rip saw and he paused for a second and looked a little suprised. He said “It IS a rip saw…but you know that! Not many people know that these days…

Long story short I said I would take it and paid his asking price of $8.00, I’ve never been one to haggle over what I consider a fair price…these guys are trying to make a living too.

After I got home I disassembled and cleaned up the saw plate, in the process a faint etch appeared:20150913_154119_resizedI polished the saw nuts and gave the handle a light sanding to clean it up. a quick wipe of stain and a coat of oil finished it off. Just needs a quick lick with a file…20150913_152544_resizedNote: After studying the etch and comparing it to examples on The Disstonian Institute, this appears to be a Circa 1900 Disston No.7 Rip  24″ Panel Saw 7pt.