I haven’t got a very large workshop, or bench. I enjoy using hand tools, and often make small rip cuts at my bench in the leg vise. I’ve wanted a small panel saw, in the 16-18” range, for a little while now. I made the decision to try making my own, and a couple of weeks ago I ordered a saw plate and hardware from Two Guys In A Garage Toolworks (www.tgiag.com). I ordered the 6-1/2” x 18” x 0.032” thk small panel/half back saw plate.
My blank saw plate arrived earlier this week, and this is what I’ve done so far…
One thing I didn’t cover too well in the video was how I did the layout.
I found a curve that I liked (roll of tape), and drew the curve at 1 tooth beyond 16”. From there I established the angle of the tote using a Disston No. 7 panel saw template I printed from tgiag.com. The template has a dashed line for where the saw plate goes through the handle. I used where that came out the bottom of the handle, and positioned it to line up with the curve. Then I made marks at 2, 2-1/4, 2-1/2, and 3 inches up the toe of the saw, and started using a straight edge to see what I liked. I settled on 2” for this saw. Using the straight edge to get the top of the handle template at the correct angle to the saw plate, I made my marks for the back of the saw plate, and the top.
Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing… If anyone would like, I could redo the layout phase on a piece of cardboard or paper or something, to go through the steps and take better pictures.
Thanks for checking it out! I hope to have more progress quickly :-)