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The Slippery Slope #14: Moses Eadon Tenon Saw Restored

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Ive found a real enjoyment in working on hand saws ever since Ive taken up sharpening. It’s one thing to be able to get the rust off and make it look pretty but its all together a different feeling being able to bring an old saw all the way back to cutting like its supposed to.

Here’s a flea market find and the only brass backed saw that ive ever seen in the wild. With the help of others this saw is dated to somewhere around the 1860’s and of English decent. Its a 12 ppi, 14” Moses Eadon tenon saw. Ive filed the saw cross cut with 15 degrees of rake and 25 degrees of fleam.

Before:

After:

Sharpened teeth:

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty



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Hammerthumb

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#1 posted 50 days ago

Nice job Stef.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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7Footer

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#2 posted 50 days ago

Well done Stef, great looking saw. That’s a nice piece of history too.

-- Hi I'm looking for Ray Finkle.. And a clean pair of shorts. --

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lysdexic

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#3 posted 50 days ago

Interesting divots on the nuts.

Nice job.

THe bend in the spine is equivalent to broke back and is fitting.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#4 posted 50 days ago

He just can’t quit it.

Nicely done Stef.

-- ~Tony

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chrisstef

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#5 posted 50 days ago

So much lol in that post ^

As to the spine, ive been reading up on “cant” in saws, or the tapering of the plate in comparison to the spine, and im not really sure if its the handle thats pushed up on the spine, if it was originally manufactured that way, if the plate slipped in the spine, or its just bent. The split nuts were so well fit into the handle (read zero wiggle room) that im 99% sure that it hadn’t pushed up the spine.

One theory on the canting is that while cutting dovetails you would be able to cut to the baseline with the heel of the saw on the side of the board facing you and stay just shy of the baseline on the backside where the toe of the saw had been cutting. This would allow you to peek around the backside of the board to take stock as to where youre at and then finish up the cut. Kind of an interesting nuance.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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summerfi

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#6 posted 50 days ago

Nice job Stef. I saw a Moses Eadon handsaw on ebay.uk yesterday and thought of you.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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#7 posted 50 days ago

Nice job. Bu-bu-but, where’s the video for this one? I can’t believe it’s actually sharp unless I see the ChrisStef thumbs up seal of approval at the end.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#8 posted 50 days ago

Well done.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 50 days ago

Very nice. This is something I will have to try.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#10 posted 50 days ago

Well done, and on-going Kudos on your sharpening ability!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mark

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#11 posted 50 days ago

nice job and neat history

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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theoldfart

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#12 posted 50 days ago

Fine job Stef, I haven’t touched my S Bigins yet. Thinking of driving down to your place and dropping it off for some quality time.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#13 posted 50 days ago

^Tons of material in there but I am above such childish endeavors.

-- ~Tony

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theoldfart

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#14 posted 50 days ago

Why thank you Tony. Guess I let my guard down, après ski!

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#15 posted 50 days ago

sweet!!!

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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