My dad passed on about 7 years ago and left me a bunch of
tools - mostly mechanics type - rachets, wrenches etc. He
loved to tinker with cars etc & taught me a lot.
For some reason, today I cracked open an old wooden toolbox
which (I think) belonged to a friend of his who was a carpenter
way back when. It is a custom-made toolbox, but really beat-up.
Looks like someone made a hard living hauling this around from job to
job for framing and rough carpentry. I suppose that my dad took
it in exchange for some mechanic work since he owned a service
garage back in the 60's.
Anyhow, there were 7 or 8 saws in the box that, although obviously
worn, really caught my eye. The metal was tarnished and a little
rusted (although they had been preserved with a wax coating of
some type). I "saw" the Disston name and this rang a bell as to
something I may have heard about here on the wreck.
A little googling and sure enough, I discovered that I have a nice
bunch of hand saws which probably were made from around 1900
or so until the late 50's.
Being a Normite, I have seldom made use of a "hand" saw, but now I
have gained sort of a respect and reverence due to the obvious wear
I certainly don't intend to sell them, but I would like to use them
to a certain extent.
Now, SWMBO is very understanding about my hobbies, but I think there
is a line on displaying handsaws in the family room!
I had in my mind to build a sort of "working display case" in the
workshop in my basement shop. Something simple that would display
these old beauties as they are, but allow me to reach in and grab one
for the use intended (seldom though that may be). If some sawdust
built up in the case over time, so much the better.
Any other suggestions?