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Project by ChickenChaser posted 11-13-2015 07:03 PM 766 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve wanted a dovetail saw for a while now, but haven’t been able to afford one. The veritas is really nice and reasonable, but my budget is really low at the moment. I got some steel from and brass from mcmaster#. I was waiting for my brother-in-law to bend the brass for me on a metal break, and saw a youtube video by “I Build It” where he made a back saw with a wooden back. I’ve never thought of that before, so I wanted to give it a try.
It’s a pretty rough finish, but It cuts wonderfully. I was a little apprehensive about a wooden back, but it does keep the saw plate very rigid. I didn’t put any set on the saw at all, and the teeth are very poorly shaped, but it cuts very well. I will be using it to cut the slot for the saw plate on by brass backed saw that is currently in process.
The Back is made from what I thought was Walnut(might be butternut), and the Handle from Sycamore. The saw nuts came off an old saw I picked up at a garage sale for $0.50. It was a little too far gone to use as a saw, but $0.50 for saw nuts was a good deal I think.
I am definitely going to make a few more saws, and spend a little more time on them. But I would encourage anyone who is thinking about making one to give it a go. It’s a lot easier than it looks.





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 07:35 PM

What did you do with that old saw blade? Hopefully you still got it. Why not use a cutoff blade in an angle grinder and cut the dovetail saw blade from that? Then you could re-sharpen the blade and voila! Then add your wood stiffener … or use that metal you got.

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ChickenChaser

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 08:17 PM



What did you do with that old saw blade? Hopefully you still got it. Why not use a cutoff blade in an angle grinder and cut the dovetail saw blade from that? Then you could re-sharpen the blade and voila! Then add your wood stiffener … or use that metal you got.

- tyvekboy


Still got the old blade. I was thinking of making some card scrapers, maybe another back saw would be good. but it was a panel saw, so maybe a little thick, and I haven’t checked, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t tapper ground

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#3 posted 11-15-2015 10:27 AM

Nice

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