|Old Disston Panel Saw|
I was surprised to find that the etch was revealed, as well as the "10" stamped near the heel of the blade. So I've got a 10 tpi Disston D-8 with a 20" blade, dating from somewhere in the 1947 to 1955 range, based on the "Disston USA" medallion. The handle appears to be apple, not beech, which suggests 1947. It was filed with a crosscut tooth configuration.
I'm going to make a new handle, maybe out of cherry, or maybe I'll go get a piece of apple or pear if I can find it easily. The hardest part of making this handle will be forming the slot for the blade. The D-8 slot was cut with a thin circular saw, which kept the top of the handle closed and helped hold the blade steady even if the hardware came loose. This will be a challenge, since I don't have a circular saw that thin. I might have to do something creative.
Another blogger cleaned up a nearly-identical saw last summer. Take a look at Jonathan White's Bench Blog here.
Update: Here's the saw, with a new cherry handle.
|Cleaned up, but not yet sharpened|
|Very shallow mortise will become the slot for the saw plate|
After the glue set, but before it was totally dry and hard, I rough-cut the shape of the front of the handle at the band saw, revealing the thin slot mortise. I ground an old hacksaw blade into a tool to clean out the squeeze-out at the bottom of the mortise, but after that bit of fiddling, the blade fit perfectly and snug.
I re-drew the handle shape of the blank, after using a jack plane to reduce the thickness by 1/8" or so. After a visit to the bandsaw (1/4" x 4 tpi blade) and drill press (forstner bits), here's what the blank looked like.
|The roughed out blank next to the original handle|
|Offset layout lines help guide the rasps|
|All done, with a coat of Watco|
|The hardware cleaned up pretty quick with a small wire wheel in a Dremel|