Restoring a Disston D8 Thumb Hole Rip Saw

This is an excellent documentation for restoring an old saw. So many are out there just waiting for a bit of new life.

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While scouring antique malls looking for tools, I ran across this nice rip saw stuck in the back corner of a booth. It’s a Disston D8 Thumb Hole saw and considering it’s age, it was in very nice condition. Even though it had some rust on the blade, I knew it would clean up just fine.

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The first thing I did was take the saw apart and dip the blade in a bath of water with food grade citric acid. I let it sit overnight allowing the acid to eat all the rust off the blade.

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While the blade cooked, I focused my attention on the handle. Using Soy-Gel paint stripper, I cleaned all the gook and grime off the apple wood handle using a steel wool pad.

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Here’s the handle wiped off after just a few minutes of paint stripper on it.

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In the morning, I took the blade…

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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One Response to Restoring a Disston D8 Thumb Hole Rip Saw

  1. Jim says:

    Got a couple in need of this TLC. Thanks George.

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