Saw Talk #20: W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner 14" Sash Saw - Sharpened and Tested

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« Part 19: It’s not me, it’s the saw Part 20 of Saw Talk series Part 21: What the heck is a sash saw? »

COMMENTATOR: We go live now to the Sawing arena where Brit has just won gold. Sawing is a new Olympic event and is the only event where you get marked down for crossing the line. Brit, congratulations!

BRIT: Thanks John.

COMMENTATOR: You were up against Big Joe, a formidable opponent. Was there any doubt in your mind that you were going to win?

BRIT: Well John, nothing is ever certain in sawing. We’ve met a couple of times before and he’s got the better of me, but I had a chat with my coach and worked out what I needed to do today and I came out and delivered.

COMMENTATOR: Your supporters have come out in their hundreds. How much were you aware of the noise around you?

BRIT: Yeah the fans were fantastic John, I couldn’t have asked for more really. The noise was deafening as I sharpened the last few teeth. I still find it incredible that people will pay good money to watch me saw.

COMMENTATOR: What does it mean to you to win gold today?

BRIT: Well John it’s what I’ve trained for. The early mornings, the diet, it’s all been leading to this moment and to finally win gold on my home turf, well, it can’t get any better than this can it?

COMMENTATOR: It’s a terrific win Brit. Will we see you in Rio?

BRIT: Well first I’m going to relax for a few days John and enjoy the rest of the games. Sawing is a tough event and it takes a lot out of you, but there’s only one thing better than winning a gold medal and that’s winning two, so you never know.

COMMENTATOR: Great to talk to you Brit and once again, congratulations on gold. Let’s just re-live that winning cut again…

-- 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 759 days ago

Beauty Andy !
And congrats on taming the wild Big Joe !

-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 759 days ago

I like your sense of humor, great video and write up. Now you need to make a display case for the gold medal.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 759 days ago

Dateline: Denver, August 3, 2012. The Denver Post

Today’s Sawing Event favorite, Andy, began with a little stutter step to start, leaving him running tied with Alexov Krenov of Ukraine. But he quickly hit his stride to take the lead, finishing with a textbook, hold-the-waste move to smoothly finish the cut with NO tearout or splintering to win the gold. Krenov took silver, while the darkhorse South African, Johans (pronounced YO-han) Sebastian, captured the Bronze.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#4 posted 759 days ago

Go Andy go…....................

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#5 posted 759 days ago

Thanks Andy, well done, you do win gold!!!

-- Jim, Long Island, NY home of the chain leg vise

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#6 posted 759 days ago

Haha. Congrats.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 759 days ago

HAHAHAHA….Andy this is brilliant! Made my day for sure. Next ladies and gentleman Andy will be sharpening a pit saw in 10 minutes…

Really good stuff and glad you got that saw grooving again looks fantastic!

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#8 posted 759 days ago

I own a back saw by the same company model 120, 9-10” and 19-21 ppi or tpi I havew a hard time counting with such close small teeth. I bought it from Leichtung Co in about 1978-9. It was sold as a miter saw but I believe it to be a dove tail saw. Can any one tell me exactly what I’ve got and where it might stand in quality of saws? should I atempt to polish the plate to more of a mirror finish. It’s rust free and as sold condition. probably needs a sharpening. Thanks for your remarks. Russell

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 758 days ago

Hold on a second, folks… the judges are reviewing the tape and are seriously considering deducting points because they are of the opinion that, even though the program was well designed and the execution was flawless, Brit was guilty of an excessive display of enthusiasm. There is a distinct possibility that the Chinese might take gold, silver and bronze. Stay tuned…

Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#10 posted 758 days ago

Congratulations, Andy. I’m a little bent out of shape because you ruined it for me (NBC has the coverage on tape-delay so I wasn’t going to watch the event until this evening), but congrats anyways!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#11 posted 758 days ago

Glen – It’s been a long time coming.

Oldtool – I’ll add one to my project list.

Brad – Nice reporting. Good news travels fast doesn’t it?

Don, Jim, Tony - Thanks for your support. I had to get the Olympics in this blog somehow :o)

Joe – NOOOOO!!!! Not the pit saw.

Handtooler – Any chance you could post a photo. I restored and re-shaped the handle of a No.120 in Part 5 and sharpened it in Part 15 of this blog series. They are a decent saw, although I don’t like the tote much personally.

-- 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 758 days ago

rejo55 – That scenario is far too complicated for my dreams. These days I can barely remember my name when I wake up, let alone a complex plot like that. :o)

Brandon – Sorry to spoil it for you. You might as well spend the evening in your shop now.

-- 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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#13 posted 758 days ago

Brit, Thanks for the reply. I was definitely in error, The number is 120 as stated, but the plate is 8 ” long and it is 10 tpi with a thickness of 0.175 ”. The tote as you point out in your blog has NO nib or separated lamb”s tongue. Tote looks of pretty cheap wood stained cherry. Your blogs sound like you have two different saws with a 120 number and mine is 120 and still different. so, what is the story? Any of their back saws is a 120??

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#14 posted 758 days ago

Handtooler – No I only have one No.120 which is a 14”. 10 tpi is very aggressive for an 8” saw plate. 8” makes it a dovetail saw and I would expect it to be 15 or 16 tpi.

-- 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 758 days ago

Re-living that winning cut gave me goose bumps, or maybe I’m coming down with something.

-- Sweeping up sawdust in Texas

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