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9" Dovetail Saw - Dovetail Tool Swap 2015 Submission

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 03-07-2015 02:15 AM 1803 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the saw that I made for an amazing LumberJock, ToddJB, for the recent Dovetail Tool Swap. The basic materials are African Blackwood, Brass 360 bar stock, and 1095 Spring Steel. I am using a few of his pics because I didn’t take many of the completed tool, oopsie!

The saw handle is modeled after the Gramercy Tools dovetail saw, I selected this tote for its small size, but nice curves. I ended up resawing the African Blackwood blank and saw the neat sap wood pattern. The brass back is a mix of styles that I liked; the bevels are similar to the Lie-Nielsen saws and the curved toe is like a traditional folded brass back. I shaped the saw plate to be similar to Bontz Saw Works dovetail saws.

The saw is filed at 15 TPI, rip. The plate was cut at a taper to be narrower at the front and wider at the back. The finish is Teak oil and wax.

The dovetail marking knife was modeled after the David Barron style knife using Kingwood and aluminum tubing.

I did end up damaging the saw at the last minute and had to make some repairs.

-- Regards, Norm





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#1 posted 03-07-2015 02:24 AM

This is one of the most beautiful saws I’ve seen. Everything about it is perfection. I’ve been raving about it, as well as Todd’s phenomenal build. Highest marks for the both of you.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 03-07-2015 02:37 AM

Awesome, the little bit of sap wood is a nice touch.

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#3 posted 03-07-2015 04:32 AM

Sweet little cutter Norm and a great catch on the repair.

Thanks for your work on the swap. It was a great experience.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#4 posted 03-07-2015 05:20 AM

Norm, that saw is amazing. The repair is flawless, and had you not openly shared those pic before hand I would not have been any the wiser. You are a craftsman, Sir. And this saw will stay in my shop and in use as along as I am.

Thank you so much for the saw and your efforts moderating this swap.

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

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#5 posted 03-07-2015 10:50 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. It was my favorite saw build to date.

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 03-07-2015 12:39 PM

Some fine tools there brother. Thanks again for hosting the swap.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#7 posted 03-07-2015 01:50 PM

Means a lot, Red, Thanks. The swap was a lot of fun, and everyone worked really hard on the items. Cant wait to see what comes from the plane / spokeshave swap.

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 03-07-2015 02:37 PM

That’s a very professional looking saw, Norm!
Hate that it grabbed the buffing wheel…but nice repair!
Man, I gotta score some blackwood…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 03-07-2015 03:37 PM

Bad Axe watch out Norm’s in town!

Beautiful work bro and thanks again for holding the dovetail swap.

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#10 posted 03-07-2015 03:39 PM

Thanks Terry and Waho, the only reason Bad Axe needs to watch out is that a part of the saw tote may go flying across the room at 90 MPH

-- Regards, Norm

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#11 posted 03-07-2015 03:45 PM

^LOL.

Yeah, I see the buffing wheel as the most dangerous tool in the shop. I’ve read too many horror stories from old knife makers! Seriously.

I think we are all just glad you weren’t injured, Norm…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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AgentTwitch

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#12 posted 03-07-2015 03:49 PM

LOL, thanks Terry. Once I find the other two saw plates I have hidden on myself, I will try this again, without the buffing system.

-- Regards, Norm

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#13 posted 03-07-2015 03:51 PM

Oh yeah, I meant to ask, where did you score African Blackwood so wide?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 03-07-2015 04:14 PM

Terry,

I picked up the African Blackwood at my local Rockler. The original price was ludicrous, $60, for a 5×5x2 blank. Fortunately, they were doing some clearance specials on turning stock and I was able to get 2 African Blackwood Planks and a 12 or more 2×2x6 Kingwood billets marked down 90%! I was a happy camper that day!

My handle template just fit the 5” billet. I might be able to do a different style tote for a slightly larger saw with the 6” billet. I think my next saw will be a panel saw.

-- Regards, Norm

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#15 posted 03-07-2015 04:19 PM

Hi Norm,
Those are really eye catchers, and I bet they were fun to make. I am wanting to make myself a dovetail saw,
can you tell me how to slot the brass bar stock?

Thanks much and have a blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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