|Project by ChickenChaser||posted 11-13-2015 07:03 PM||847 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
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.