Saw vise build

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Blog entry by Wally331 posted 01-02-2014 02:11 AM 2712 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been in desperate need of a better way to hold my saws for sharpening. My old setup( two sticks of wood ~26 inches long which I would clamp onto saw plate and my vise) was simply not cutting it (sawing pun intended).

I thought about purchasing vintage, but everyone always complained of bad vibrations, they are overpriced at antique shops, and I didn’t want to reposition my saw 4 times for full sized handsaws. I really liked Andy’s (Brit) design. It was economical, sturdy, and held 26 inch saws.

While waiting for the finish on Red’s saws to dry I took a look around to see what to build this thing out of. I had a good sized piece of Oak ply, but it was still only enough for one side, so I had to glue up a big panel of solid oak aswell. At least I got some good practice flattening panels, nothing better than a fresh edge on your plane, and a bit of wax on the bottom. It is a simple project and I finished it in a few hours, just glue up, layout, cut some, rinse and repeat, or something like that.

Got my Disston No.7 tuned up finally!, and my mini Disston No.12 which is actually a no. 7 panel saw with a new handle.

The vise works like a charm, my sharpening efficiency has already greatly improved. Now to finish up that never ending restore queue….

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 02:58 AM

Good job Wally, keep at it buddy.

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 03:18 AM

Looking good! Nice job.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 01:18 PM

well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 01:49 PM

Looks great, Wally! Keep up the fantastic work!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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