Here’s an old tenon saw that I purchased from Ebay some time ago. I hadn’t done anything with it for awhile so I decided it was time to stop ignoring it. The maker according to stamp on the spine is Abraham Ashton & Sons, Sheffield. I didn’t know much about the company, but it looked like a good candidate for a rehab. Here's some info on the sawmaker. One of the things that stood out to me was the tapered saw plate (so I thought). The handle, applewood, I believe, ...
When I sat down to write this blog, my PC was asleep. I pressed a key and it immediately sprang into life so that I could begin typing. I tend to write my blogs in MS Word before pasting them into LJs and as I type, I receive feedback on my grammar and spelling and change my text accordingly. Hand tools are no different to MS Word really. Lying on a bench or hanging in a tool cabinet, they are nothing more than inanimate objects. Pick them up and use them for their intended purpose and they p...
I love car boot sales and junk shops find some great deals, last weekend I picked up a few nice tenon saws a no 7 Record jointer, no 4 1/2 stanley (needs alot of work, broken tote and poor weld to side) and a 1 1/4 paring chisels. anyone else picked up anything decent. anyone know anything about the saw makers.
In my last post I said I would re-sharpen the Drabble and Sanderson to try Mark Harrell’s hybrid sharpening, but I decided to leave that one with 10 degrees of rake and 10 degrees of fleam. Instead, I re-toothed my 12” Spear and Jackson Leap Frog carcass saw from 10 tpi to 12tpi and applied Mark’s hybrid filing to that. I figured it would be good to have a 12” carcass saw with a combination filing as well as a 14” sash saw. Mark also recommends 10 degrees of rake, but he relaxes th...
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...
Well the rain finally stopped today and the sun came out. Looking out on my garden, the squirrels were making the most of it. I sat and watched this youngster somersaulting around the garden, before settling on a branch to devour his morning pine cone. Following his lead, I took the opportunity to get outside and sharpen another saw. Next up is the W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner No.120. Fourteen inches long with a .030” thick plate and an extra heavy spine. This is by far the heaviest ba...
In part 12 we left our intrepid sawster (Is that a word? It is now.) feeling very sorry for himself. If you haven’t read part 12, you should read that first as this is a continuation of that post. Anyhow, you can’t keep a hand tool junkie down and suitably chastised by the saw gods, I picked myself up and worked the problem. I found out that I’d mistakenly thought the problem was what is known as ‘Cows and Calves’. However that is when the bottom of the gullet...
So I thought I’d have a go at sharpening the 14 inch Cowell & Chapman backsaw (which is really a W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner). I’m going to file it 10.5 TPI rip with 9 degrees of rake and 5 degrees of fleam. I was going to add 5 degrees of slope as well, but I figure at this point I should just concentrate on filing the fleam correctly without complicating things further. Remember this one? This saw has an extra-heavy brass back and therefore there is a considerable am...
The latest ‘messing about’ in the workshop has been on two handles for two Spear & Jackson saws. The first saw handle to be ‘re-modelled’ belongs to the 10” S&J Brass Backed Tenon saw I mentioned in the previous blog entry, [mistakenly as a 12”] and my 8” ‘Steel Backed’ S&J Dovetail saw, 20ppi. The 8” Dovetail handle has 3 saw nuts, but only on the left hand side. The third screws into the steel back! Both sa...
I recently picked up a couple pf new saws from a ‘Car Boot’ sale for £2.00, £1.00 each The big one is a ‘no-name’ 24” rip tooth 5ppi. It is surprisingly free of rust and no pitting. It is also straight. The Tenon Saw is a ‘Brass Backed’ Spear & Jackson 12”, 16ppi, fitted with the patented ‘Non Break Handle’. This is the second S&J I have with this kind of handle. Basically it has a rod running through the handle gri...
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