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    Anthony Greitzer

    I have an old Disston saw and I would like to replace the handle. I saw the video about turning a clunker into a classic but I wonder if anyone would like to see Paul make one from scratch.


    Matt McGrane

    I’d love to see that, but I don’t think that’s the type of thing he would do. I know there are Disston saw handle templates out there. “Two Guys In A Garage” has them at “”, and Blackburn tools also has templates on their site.

    These templates will give you the shape, but not the methods. I think cutting the slot for the saw plate would be a key step – getting it the right width and depth. I saw a YouTube video that John Heisz did showing how he cut the slot with the blade that he would put into the saw – he cut the slot before any set was put on the teeth so that the slot was the right width.

    Lots to think about. Good luck if you attempt it.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    Matt is right on Dominic and Issac bothe have several handles to choose from, Issac ( Blackburn Tools ) also has a size chart for your hand size.

    Also Dominic 2 Guy’s in a Garage also sells scrappers in many different sizes, both are great people to deal with.


    Steve Massie, I live in the great State of Florida, US

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    Anthony Greitzer

    Thanks guys. Good stuff.



    Go for it. Just made a replacement for back saw that originally had a plywood handle. It is not hard is you use one of the aforementioned templates.

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    David B

    I recently made one. I wanted to do it entirely by hand but whatever hardwood I chose was extremely brittle and didn’t like my efforts so I did end up using a drill press and some forstner bits to cut out some key curves. The handle came out fine–I just use the steel blade I’m going to end up using as the split template and mark the handle with indications of how deep to cut to line up the blade with the new handle–worked just fine for me (obviously it would be harder with a back saw b/c you’d have to cut out a spot for the back (or cut off part of the back itself).

    As a finishing touch, I found some old brass Disston saw nuts and badge piece and used them instead of the aluminum that came with the saw–nice finishing touch for my “faux-Disston”.

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