Dove Tail Saw ...Gift For My Dad

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Project by RPhillips posted 12-24-2014 03:50 PM 2018 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt a making a hand saw. I got the plate, back, and fasteners from fellow LJ – ErikF. The handle template is from Blackburn Tools. The back and fasteners are made of copper and the plate is filed for rip at 16 tpi. The plate also has a slight cant, being the tow is slightly narrower than the heel. For the handle, I used a piece of walnut that I got from my Dad that is about 40+ years old. He’d been hoarding that walnut since before I was born. He gave me a piece of it the last time I was home to visit and so I decided that I would use it to make something for him. Last year I made him a hand plane, since he enjoyed that plane so much, I want to again this year give him something from the heart.

Tip to anyone that wants to make their own handle, pick up this Gramercy Handle Maker's Rasp from Tools for Woodworking. It has been invaluable in shaping the handle in a very quick, precise, and controlled manner. I would also suggest picking up the appropriate drill bits if you need to drill the plate. Standard jobber bits will do it, but they will have a very short life and may also not provide a clean cut as they pass through the plate they want to pull slightly deforming the plate. I will be picking up a couple carbide spade bits for my next project.

Making this saw brought me much joy, as well as some valuable experience. I cant wait to make my next and hope that it turns out as well as this one did.

Thanks for looking and have a blessed Christmas!


-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#1 posted 12-24-2014 03:54 PM

Wonderful looking saw. I’m so used to the brass backs, but I really dig that copper. Your old man is a lucky guy.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 12-24-2014 03:56 PM

Wow that’s great your dad will love it. Beautiful saw Rob.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-24-2014 04:03 PM

Awesome! Handle is beauuuutiful.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 04:19 PM

Very nice Job Rob. It’s cool you’re doing this for your dad.

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

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 04:23 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Bob, yeah, I don’t even own a DT saw of my own yet. :)

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#6 posted 12-25-2014 01:14 AM

Turned out great and you got a nice looking polish out of that copper!

-- Power to the people.

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#7 posted 12-25-2014 01:21 AM

Thanks Erik. If I had more time, I would have put a little more effort into the plate and back, but it came out pretty good.

One lesson I learned was not to use wet wood to make a display stand for it. I took a off cut of oak and squared it up and cut a slot in it to stand the saw up for display (seen in the pic), but little did I know that it would rust the plate where it was making contact.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#8 posted 12-25-2014 01:22 AM

Beautiful Looking Saw…. A prized saw for sure.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#9 posted 12-25-2014 02:37 AM

Looks amazing, it will make an excellent gift.

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#10 posted 12-25-2014 02:51 AM

Bravo Rob! Pops will be cutting DT’s in style.

-- "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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#11 posted 12-25-2014 03:09 AM

Beautiful saw- Lucky dad…..............

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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#12 posted 12-25-2014 10:57 AM

Your dad is sure to treasure that beautiful saw, Rob. You may have to convince him to use it and not just sit and gaze at it. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 12-25-2014 01:38 PM

Man, that is nice.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 12-25-2014 03:06 PM

Rob, really nice tool making. Now get to work and make yourself one! Congrats on the Top 3.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#15 posted 12-25-2014 03:21 PM

beautiful saw. Your Dad is one lucky fellow!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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