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Disston no 7 panel saw restoration

some pics and quick narrative on an old Disston no 7 panel saw that I just finished restoring for a fellow woodworker. the before pics arent great. you can see the deep belly in the center of the toothline. this is pretty common, and not good for a smooth cutting saw. A fine finish 11 pt panel saw like this should have a straight toothline.
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Plate cleaned and jointed straight. Had to totally obliterate all the gullets to get it straight. The belly was about 5/16" deep in the middle so I had to joint it aggressively. Name:  ImageUploadedByWood Working Talk1428724093.246855.jpg
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I used an old 11pt saw from a mitre box as a template for the spacing of the new teeth. Clamped the two plates together and took one stroke with the file to mark the center of each gullet.
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Then started shaping
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And shaping
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So now I've got teeth, and I cut in the fleam
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After I cut all the teeth, I joint the saw and do it again, to take out any inconsistencies and/or high-low teeth. It's very important for all the teeth to be the same height, or "in joint".
Nice & straight
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Now I begin the handle repair. The block is beech, cut from a sacrificial handle from a parts saw that was not worth fixing.
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Shaped with a few rasps and some light sanding
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Repaired handle
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Cleaned and ready for finish
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Getting the repair to match was challenging. It could have been closer, but overall not too bad.

Before finish
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And finally, the sweet little 20" finish crosscut panel saw in all her 130-140 year old glory
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Great write up thanks for posting that. I love my old Disstons but I'm happy to pay somebody else to do all that work, restoring saws is a skill set in and of itself. Even basic sharpening is more than I care to get into.
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That was a lot of work but well worth it, looks great, thanks for showing us your restore.

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That looks great! Looks like a lot more work then I would think. If I was a betting man I'd stay it cuts like a dream now and you have one very happy customer.

One awesome job!

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That came out great! Btw that is a beautiful tool box the saw is on.

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