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Saw Talk #3: Spear & Jackson 8" Dovetail Saw Restoration

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Blog entry by Brit posted 01-23-2012 02:39 AM 4759 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just a quick post to share a lovely little gem that I’ve just finished restoring. This is an 8” dovetail saw, filed 15 TPI rip, made by Spear and Jackson sometime between 1915 and 1925 I think. There’s some minor pitting on both sides of the plate, but nothing that will affect the saw in use.

It has a nice thin plate which is just what’s needed in a dovetail saw and a 2” depth of cut.

The handle is English beech and very comfortable in the hand. It is not dissimilar to the Disston handle on the last saw I restored.

Over the years, Spear and Jackson made saws under a number of different trade marks. This one is marked with the Leap-Frog brand, which I think was the last of the quality saws to come out of this once great British saw maker.

And here it is after restoration.

A couple with flash to show the grain in the handle better.

This is a really nice, well-balanced saw. If you see a good one of these, do yourself a favour and buy it. I can’t wait to sharpen this one and try it out.

Now what’s next…

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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#1 posted 01-23-2012 02:51 AM

i wish I could say something, but I’m speechless.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 07:34 AM

Great job on the restoration.

-- Brock, Illinois

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 10:58 AM

Brilliant!

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 12:13 PM

Thanks guys. You know I had thought that restoring a little dovetail saw would be easier than doing a 14” backsaw, but it only took a couple of hours less time. My shoulders and hands still ache as much. :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 12:38 PM

Great work andying that saw, Brit. It’s beautiful. My suggestion, however, is to get rid of it and restore one of S&P’s finer dovetail saws instead. Consider this one “practice.” I’ll take it off your hands if you like—really doing you a favor. I’ll even pay for shipping. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 01:52 PM

Brandon said: ”Consider this one ‘practice’. I’ll take it off your hands if you like—really doing you a favor.

Man you’ve got two hopes – Bob Hope and no nope. :-) Anyone would think I do this for the fun of it!

Anyhow I thought I’d share a progress shot of where I’m at with my backsaws, mainly because I’m a big kid and just wanted to lay them all out in a line and smile. I have four more backsaw to restore, before I move on to the handsaw pile. Why don’t you all decide which one I should do next. Pick a number from 1 to 4.

You’ve got a couple of days to decide, while my shoulders and arms recover from sanding this one.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 02:27 PM

Those need work ? Oh right, it’s Andy time !
uumm, number 4 ?
Can’t belive the quality of your work Andy, another beaut from the Brit .

;-)

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 02:35 PM

4

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 05:06 PM

Wow, it really turned out great. Interesting logo on this one. Where/how did you find your saws? Well done Andy, thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 05:17 PM

A fine display of Andyfication.

-- ~Tony

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#11 posted 01-23-2012 06:46 PM

Shane – Last year I bought eight backsaws, one of which is not in the above photo. The eigth saw which is by far the oldest of the bunch (1849) has some serious issues. I might tackle it at a later date if I can face doing another saw. They all came from ebay.co.uk, as did all but one of the handsaws I’ll be doing next. It came from www.oldtools.co.uk.

Looks like No. 4 is in the lead, but there’s still time to vote folks.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#12 posted 01-23-2012 06:58 PM

I vote # 1.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#13 posted 01-23-2012 11:48 PM

A real beauty Andy, almost too pretty to use

You realize that what you call “Need to be Restore” most people call “done”. The saw plate on my new veritas saw is not even that shinny.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 01-24-2012 11:49 PM

Thanks Mauricio, but use it I will.

Well the voting is in and by a 50% majority, No.4 will be next. I’ll start it tomorrow.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#15 posted 01-25-2012 12:34 AM

Andy, are you still on the bench, you lucky dog!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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