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Saw Points #6: 14" Spear & Jackson Steel Backed Tenon Saw

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Blog entry by Johnnyblot posted 08-10-2012 05:59 PM 1630 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is what it looked like shortly after I bought it at a car boot fair- after a little rubbing and cleaning to see what I was dealing with?

Luckily there was not a lot of rust and almost no pitting to the saw plate.

The only major issue for me was the ugly tote! The tote is obviously a much later example- I’m guessing probably 1970’s era. This was when cost cutting measures and design aesthetics would result in a [shall we say] a much simpler yet still usable handle.
However I found this tote to be boring, bulky and uncomfortable. So I decided to re-model it from what I had.

What I have come up with has a ‘nod and a wink’ to the more traditional look incorporating shapely Horns, Nib, Hook and Lamb’s Tongue.

I’ve acquired a few Spear & Jackson saws recently, very cheaply. They all have the same [ugly] Tote.
for example:-

However all is not lost; Here is the 14” S&J finished: -

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit



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Mauricio

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 06:11 PM

wow, great trasformation. Makes me want to go find some ugly saws.

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

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BTimmons

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 06:34 PM

Definitely an upgrade worth making. It’s quite a looker now.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Brit

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 08:57 PM

I love it! You’re obviously enjoying it John for it to look that good.

-- 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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Johnnyblot

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 10:53 PM

Andy- You could say those 14 incher’s grow on you [sounds pervy but it’s true] I do like using this saw.

I finished my tin of Danish oil so I used BRO [Boiled Rapeseed Oil]. It’s great and has almost no odour?

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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Brit

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 10:56 PM

Never heard of BRO John. I was messing around with Teak Oil last weekend. Doesn’t smell as much as BLO either.

-- 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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Johnnyblot

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 12:57 AM

Andy- Around Northumberland we have endless fields of Rapeseed. Some local farmers have been producing there own ‘Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil’, which is every bit as healthy for you as Olive Oil. but ‘greener’ too as it has not travelled half way round the world to get to your local supermarket?
ALDI were selling cheap bottles [from Yorkshire] for £1 so my wife got me two bottles. From them I’ve cooked myself some BRO as you would BLO. Simples.

Cheers
John

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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