First Homemade Backsaw

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Project by pastahill posted 01-06-2015 08:57 PM 2164 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have read your saw swap from the first line but i had no time to join, but the project was not out of my mind. A few days ago i found enough shop time to start the project. Everything is made by hand, I folded the back ( first i had to weld a break). Made the screws from brass carriage bolts and the split nuts from a brass rod. The handle is made from bubinga. The blade was a good older one witch i had lying around but i retoothed it from 10 to 12 tpi. and it´s sharpend rip cut. Also I had to make a split nut driver witch fits perfect in the slots from the nuts. The handle is mahogany because i had not a thicker piece of a matching wood and the ferule is a thicker brass tube witch i filed in shape on the lathe. Next i will try to etch my logo into the blade, but i am not satisfied with my drawings. What do you think, every advice is wellcome.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 09:52 PM

Wow! That’s a very nice saw. When I first went to this page, I never expected such a fine example of worksmanship as you have exhibited. I was in awe as I read your description.

Excellent job!

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 10:24 PM

Crap Pasta, that’s amazing. I’m blown away that that is your first go at folding a back and split nuts as well.

I like the logo too. Only comment would be some lines (like the scroll work) are very clean, but others (like the banner) are a little blurry. Maybe try to make them a bit more crisp.

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

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 11:58 PM

Pasta, great saw. Maybe a few action shots would be in order.

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

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 12:50 AM

Very handsome saw.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 02:50 AM

Beautiful saw Pasta, love the detail and the work involved.

The logo is great but I’d think it would read better with less words
in the banner.

West of Munich

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 12:19 PM

very, very nice. what did you make the split nut driver out of?

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 03:37 PM

@ Buckeyes85
The matal part of the split nut driver was filed out of a square steel bar and then hardend.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#8 posted 01-07-2015 05:13 PM

It’s a looker, alright. Nice job.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 01-07-2015 06:24 PM

Wow, that looks great. Making your own split nuts, driver, and brake on top of folding the back and making the handle and rest of the saw. Great work. I think the logo looks nice. Many vintage etches are rather wordy.

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#11 posted 01-07-2015 07:25 PM

Exceptional saw Pastahill! A classic design and excellent craftsmanship. I know folding brass backs is not easy in the home workshop. That you accomplished it so easily is impressive. Beautiful job on the driver too. I like the etch. If I were going to change it at all, I would make it slightly less “busy”. What process will you use to etch the steel?

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

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#12 posted 01-07-2015 08:26 PM

Hello Bob, I will silk screen print a mask with a mixture of asphaltum and about 10% bees wax and then etch the steel with iron-III-chlorite.

-- If anybody find spelling mistakes, can keep them!

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#13 posted 01-07-2015 08:40 PM

Impressive, you are one self sufficient person, great job.

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#14 posted 01-07-2015 09:38 PM

Very nice. Beautiful grain in the handle and very impressive that you did all the work yourself. Enjoy it.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 01-07-2015 11:45 PM

Great looking saw!

I am looking forward to seeing the silkscreen etch process. You should blog about it :) I am researching etch methods for some saws I have in the works.

-- Regards, Norm

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