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    There is a very large Re-Store not too far from me. It's in Langhone PA and close to a Higher income area then the Re-store I went to in Philly. WHAT a difference!.

    Ever open to things that may come in handy this trip begat me a couple of hand saws. and and wallpaper steamer. total investment $15

    Steamer works, the saws need filing and rust removal but one is a rip saw. Rip saws don't seem to exist at big box stores anymore and hand saws are just little short things. Granted I'm spoiled, and almost always reach for the Japanese saw (even cut off a couple of 4x4 posts for my deck project. But I like "old school" stuff even if I can't use my arm/wrist for weeks on end

    Anyways.... it's not maritime consignment store but maybe worth the stop now and then.
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    ^ Is the etch on the saw blade still visible. What make?
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    ^ Is the etch on the saw blade still visible. What make?
    One is a Stanley the other I'm not sure yet but the etching is just about invisible. They had about 15 old saws hanging up there. I grab them because I've been wanting a ripsaw for some time, they do come in handy even with power tools all around the house shop and yard and shed lol

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    This is the one to look out for.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    This is the one to look out for.
    Lol the saw screws and this are made out of aluminum on the rip saw. I can't make it out and I can't find the magnifying glass.

    I don't think it's Disston. I remember Disston from when I was young, I believe they were Philadelphia based, The factory was next to the interstate. highway and that is the sum of my knowledge of collectible hand saws lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseO30 View Post
    Lol the saw screws and this are made out of aluminum on the rip saw. I can't make it out and I can't find the magnifying glass.

    I don't think it's Disston. I remember Disston from when I was young, I believe they were Philadelphia based, The factory was next to the interstate. highway and that is the sum of my knowledge of collectible hand saws lol

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    The best Disstons were made in Philly, but were then bought out by a Canadian firm.
    Aluminium screws will not be that old, and they ALL had the warranted superior claim.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    The best Disstons were made in Philly, but were then bought out by a Canadian firm.
    Aluminium screws will not be that old, and they ALL had the warranted superior claim.
    It's all good, wasn't looking for collectible but maybe next time I will!
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    Interesting site.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Denise, those Re-store stores are a great place to shop - Each one has different stuff ( donations from the local area )
    I have been to 6 or so in 3 states and always search them out when I travel. It is kinda like hitting up the antique stores.
    ( Disclaimer : I was affiliated with the local Habitat group here until my elbow went south and I could no longer hang onto a hammer )

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye54 View Post
    Denise, those Re-store stores are a great place to shop - Each one has different stuff ( donations from the local area )
    I have been to 6 or so in 3 states and always search them out when I travel. It is kinda like hitting up the antique stores.
    ( Disclaimer : I was affiliated with the local Habitat group here until my elbow went south and I could no longer hang onto a hammer )

    Rick
    Rick, I only hit those places once or twice a year this one I go to is really large and it seems to be mostly furniture they actually opened up a side area for construction materials

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    There is a small one near me. Not much of interest there, unfortunately. There is a large independent Re-Store in the Ballard section of Seattle that is superb.
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    The local store near me has been a good source of used tools. I boight a used hilti 18 volt cordless sawzall with three Li-on batteries and two chargers for less than the price of a new battery. 5 gallons of Cetol fir $10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    This is the one to look out for.
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    Aside from the coping saw, it is the only “western” saw I use. Not as old as the one in your picture, though.

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    I'm self teaching me how to file saws. .. too many saws not any sharpening shops close. I did the rip saw! Easy with big teeth! 5 strokes 5" kerf! +- lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseO30 View Post
    I'm self teaching me how to file saws. .. too many saws not any sharpening shops close. I did the rip saw! Easy with big teeth! 5 strokes 5" kerf! +- lol

    Photos coming....

    Here's a good site: http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html

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    The ReStores around here have changed in the last couple of years. Used to be they had reasonable stuff at reasonable prices. Now, they're re-packaging the used donation stuff in to little bags, and selling it for just under retail. Like 10/20% under. Not much of a deal, and it's all used or donated/crappy stuff. Other large items are priced at discount retail prices too, unless it's just trash. So, not many decent deals for decent stuff anymore. Pretty much stopped going to shop, although I do donate there from time to time. I think their pricing approach is unsustainable, unless their real estate is as free as their supply of donated stuff. They will either end up scrapping it, or keeping it forever. Neither is good.

    Sad to see, because I'm a fan of the organization.

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    I'm retired now, but in my working life as a carpenter, hand ripsawing went out as soon as power saws were widely available. Is there some merit in it that I am missing?
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    Here is a saw mark you don't see to often.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    I'm retired now, but in my working life as a carpenter, hand ripsawing went out as soon as power saws were widely available. Is there some merit in it that I am missing?
    0h, one example could be, you just ripped a six-by-six on your table saw by cutting a kerf on either side then use a rip saw to cut the middle out ( if it's too unwieldy to bring up to the bandsaw).

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    We have a ReStore in Rockford, however, I find our ReTool store a lot more rewarding. No connection with Habitat For Humanity; they just sell used tools.

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    This is the one to find... The number twelve refers to the laminations. There are some previous and labeled without the sons and they are very good. A sharp well tuned saw is a joy.

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    I bought a Disston & Son <- just a son, not plural at a restore for $3. Also got a big Bessey clamp for $3. One near me has an aircraft dimpler for $40.

    there's also lots of crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    A sharp well tuned saw is a joy.
    Not to highjack the thread... Oh, OK, maybe just a little bit...

    I have a decent, middle aged handsaw, a Craftsman, from the early ‘70s, that is way, way, Way out of tune, so much so that I hesitate to even pick it up, these days, and I am completely ignorant of the tools and procedures that my saw needs from me. I would greatly appreciate any guidance in this matter.

    Your grateful etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
    Not to highjack the thread... Oh, OK, maybe just a little bit...

    I have a decent, middle aged handsaw, a Craftsman, from the early ‘70s, that is way, way, Way out of tune, so much so that I hesitate to even pick it up, these days, and I am completely ignorant of the tools and procedures that my saw needs from me. I would greatly appreciate any guidance in this matter.

    Your grateful etc. etc.

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    Take it to someone that sharpens hand saws you may have to travel a bit or mail it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
    Not to highjack the thread... Oh, OK, maybe just a little bit...

    I have a decent, middle aged handsaw, a Craftsman, from the early ‘70s, that is way, way, Way out of tune, so much so that I hesitate to even pick it up, these days, and I am completely ignorant of the tools and procedures that my saw needs from me. I would greatly appreciate any guidance in this matter.

    Your grateful etc. etc.

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    Is it just blunt or buckled/bent?

    If you can improvise a saw vice, sharpening is not hard, but if the teeth are sharpened back so that the set is gone you need a specialist tool a saw set. In that case follow Denise's advice.
    If buckled you can straighten it yourself, but it needs a bit of skill with a light cross pein hammer. Like the boilermakers dent, you got to know where and how to hit it.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Noto View Post
    Not to highjack the thread... Oh, OK, maybe just a little bit...

    I have a decent, middle aged handsaw, a Craftsman, from the early ‘70s, that is way, way, Way out of tune, so much so that I hesitate to even pick it up, these days, and I am completely ignorant of the tools and procedures that my saw needs from me. I would greatly appreciate any guidance in this matter.

    Your grateful etc. etc.

    P.S. Happy Thanksgiving, or any other holiday you may choose to observe!

    Once again, from post #15: http://www.vintagesaws.com/library/primer/sharp.html

    Even if you don't want to mess with the saw yourself and would rather send it out, reading this article will give you a heads-up on what's to be expected. But, really, in my own experience I've learned to sharpen my own western style handsaws. It's not that difficult. And the truth is, they aren't used all that much so it's not a bother. But when they do get used it's probably because I'm working on a difficult to access spot in a wall or floor. Nails lurk in these places so the opportunity to instantly dull the saw is high. When the inevitable happens.... what to do? Sending it out to the sharpening shop isn't an option if I want to keep working. Taking ten minutes to file the saw is.

    I built a saw vise out of plywood. It clamps into my regular bench vise. I've even done bandsaw blades in it.

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    A good handsaw is much an underappreciated tool today. After running out of people within at least 25 miles of me who sharpen them I ended up 'teaching' myself. I have a couple of small saw vises and setting tools. I have't taken the step of setting teeth yet, and I'm sure I don't do the best job, but by working under magnification and following the previous angle of filing I get some pretty good results.
    I have one older saw (reasonably good, but not great) that had been 'sharpened' so many times that the teeth were all different sizes and heights (looked like a jack-O-lantern), and really swaybacked from one end to the other. I have filed all the teeth off to a flat straight edge again, and plan on giving a try on starting from scratch with new teeth. Haven't quite figured out how to get the spacing consistent though. .... thinking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    I have one older saw (reasonably good, but not great) that had been 'sharpened' so many times that the teeth were all different sizes and heights (looked like a jack-O-lantern), and really swaybacked from one end to the other. I have filed all the teeth off to a flat straight edge again, and plan on giving a try on starting from scratch with new teeth. Haven't quite figured out how to get the spacing consistent though. .... thinking.
    The easy way is to clamp it to another saw blade with the correct pitch for a filing guide.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    The easy way is to clamp it to another saw blade with the correct pitch for a filing guide.
    Ahhhhh,...... and so simple. I love it! Problem solved,... Thank you Nick!

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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nedL View Post
    Ahhhhh,...... and so simple. I love it! Problem solved,... Thank you Nick!
    Well I've only been able to sharpen the rip saw with regular reading glasses I picked up a stronger pair powered 3.25. But the dovetail saw and back saws, I'll have to get some type of magnifier. Good news in my makeshift clamp type Vise out of two pieces of oak hold the saw blades well,

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseO30 View Post
    Well I've only been able to sharpen the rip saw with regular reading glasses I picked up a stronger pair powered 3.25. But the dovetail saw and back saws, I'll have to get some type of magnifier. Good news in my makeshift clamp type Vise out of two pieces of oak hold the saw blades well,

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    Here is my collection on non collectable saws, my other Japanese handsaw is on the bench it's in need of sharpening the $10 Harbor Freight Japanese saw is the one I use the most often for just about everything I even lopped off a couple of 4X4s on a deck project with it lol. I'm really impressed with myself on how well the rip saw cuts!! (3rd from left) Still lots of rust to polish off and absolutely cannot sharpen any of the Crosscut saws without a magnification lamp of some sort.

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    That back saw is a bit of a beast.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    That back saw is a bit of a beast.
    That back saw is pretty old, nice and long which works real good on a conventional miter box but someone used it on drywall so it's not very sharp!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeniseO30 View Post
    That back saw is pretty old, nice and long which works real good on a conventional miter box but someone used it on drywall so it's not very sharp!

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