Back Saw Overhaul

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Project by Waterlog posted 11-15-2014 02:22 AM 1380 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems the price of backsaws has increased dramatically lately so, I decided to see what I could do bringing to life an old Buck Bros. saw that has been kicked around the shop for years. I enjoy using backsaws and wanted to stock the saw till in my recently finished tool chest with just backsaws. I watched Build A Custom Backsaw by Matt Ciani and studied the backsaw build on Blackburn Tools web site to do this project. The handle templates are free on the Blackburn site and allow you to size your hand and download pdfs of the style and size you need. I jumped the gun after printing the template, cutting it out and drilling the holes for the bolts. If I would have read the Blackburn build blog, the drilling comes later. Anyway, Isaac, owner of Blackburn Tools, told me how to solve my problem. I used acetone to clean the blade and had to snip about an inch off the heel of the steel blade. I bought from Blackburn, 3 bolts with split nuts, a carbide bit, and a split nut driver. This is a project anyone can do if you are patient. I can not say it is for the beginner, but I would not under estimate your capabilities, you may be pleasantly surprised with the outcome. Not sure what type of wood this is but, my guess is satinwood, I may be wrong. Just a cut off from an old project. Lastly, I thought the template was very small but I stayed the course and this saw handle that I made myself from the Blackburn template fit my hand like a glove, better than any saw I have ever held. Oh, yes, Tru-Oil gunstock finish is outstanding. Thanks for looking, and if anyone can ID this wood for me, I’d appreciate it.

-- LWB Waterlog

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 02:40 AM

Outstanding job. Now you can honestly say that you can’t buy a saw like that one. Great job. I can’t help you with the wood.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 11:56 AM

Wow, really nice job. That’ll be great to use.

What kind of wood is it? The freaking gorgeous kind. Can’t help more than that.

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 12:36 PM

great job on this. wood looks like a curly mahogany based on the grain in the unfinished state.

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 03:01 PM

Very nice job. The wood is beautiful. I’ve made a couple saw handles out of West Indian satinwood, and it looked similar but not as figured. The bare wood was sort of greenish yellow. Yours could be Asian satinwood though. Nice job polishing the plate and spine too. They look new.

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

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 05:31 PM

You made a very professional job of that handle. It looks as good as Isaac’s totes.

-- 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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#6 posted 11-15-2014 06:02 PM

Very nice saw, sir!

-- Regards, Norm

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#7 posted 11-15-2014 08:03 PM

Awesome saw! The first thing that came to mind when I saw the handle was sapele.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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