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    Default Hand saw screws & nuts.

    I have an old Disston hand saw which belonged to my Dad. The handle is knocked about so I will make a new one.. Any idea where I can get screws & nuts for it? Maybe somebody can identify it for me also. It is a skew back, 23 " from tip to the 1st. screw. It is a rip saw and is only 5 pts. per inch. It is only 20mm wide at the tip. Is it a panel saw?
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    As for the saw nuts, I think the best thing you can do is to try to use the ones that you have already - get a cheap blade screwdriver and use an angle grinder to cur a slot in the blade so you can use it to undo the nuts.

    Alternatively, you may end up having to make your own - how to do that is detailed on Norse Woodsmith
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    Must be psychic, I just started a thread on group purchase of split nuts!

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    the saw nuts and bolts are called chicago nuts and bolts and the best way to get replacements is to go to a saw sharpening doctor or buy a crapped out saw from a garage sale and use the bolts from them.
    in newcastle i went to newcastle industrial sharpening were an old gentleman use to work and he had a collection i paid about $2 per nut and bolt.
    try the disstonian institute.com for a history on disstons and restoration technics
    best wishes and good luck
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    Thank you fellas for your replies. I think I may have sourced what I require. The Saw Doctor is also a good idea. I will get a full set if possible as some of them look OK but are worn on the shanks because the blade has been loose in the handle & chewed them up. I see a couple of good sites re. saw handle making on the web also.
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    Patonga,

    I almost certainly have one the same, from my dad or grandad. I have restored several old Disstons and have bought a bunch of assorted nuts on US ebay from time to time. Cost me about $20 for a hundred or so, all mixed but I was able to make up a few sets. Many medallions too. Of course you never have the exact one you want....

    I agree with the old saw at the market plan - you often see a throw-away relic but the nuts are all there. Usually less than $5.

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    "I agree with the old saw at the market plan - you often see a throw-away relic but the nuts are all there. Usually less than $5."

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    Fraser,
    "The old saw at the market" is a good idea I'll remember it. May even find something else to restore. Had a look at the handle today. I was wondering how I was going to cut the slot as I had a look at some refurbishing tips on the web & one bloke had to use a slitting saw of some kind. I am lucky as there are no radiused cuts required so I can just use a back saw.
    regards & thanks to all who came up with suggestions.
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    The Carb-I-Tool catalogue lists saw screws. They are on page 44, Part No. SSCREW.

    I haven't had reason to buy any, but a Carb-I-Tool router bit reseller should be able to order them in.
    Brian

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