|Project by bluekingfisher||posted 12-20-2015 09:59 PM||1305 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
Uploading on the iPad is a nightmare so I will keep it short folks.
I recently won an eBay auction for 3 old open tote back saws. Two of which I refurbished and sharpened this afternoon. These two are unbranded with steel backs, 14 points per inch (PPI) one is 9” long the other 10” long.
Both were originally filed for cross cut, hopefully you can see initial reshaping of the teeth. The teeth on the left are being filed for rip cut. The original teeth pattern are on the right side of the image (photo 5).
I also re shaped the handles a little at the horns where the original handle felt a little awkward and clunky in the hand. By removing the wood at these points gives my hand a little more room, besides I think it looks a little more traditional too.
The original saw nuts were shot, so I had to drill both the tote and the plate (photo 4) to allow for the thicker replacement nuts (which came with the saws) to pass through. No big deal however care needs to be taken so it all alignes when the saw is reassembled. A point worth noting, don’t rely on cranking down the nuts to hold the plate tight and firm. For the plate to remain tight and not slop around you have to ensure the end of the spline sits at the back of the mortice against the tote, so drill the holes in the plate slightly over size, this allows for some movement aft in the mortice.
The last photo shows the saw kerf in a piece of pine. More importantly, the saws starts the cut smoothly, tracks true without wandering ( set even on both sides of the plate) and cuts very quickly, infact I have a LN DT saw, this one cuts faster with a thinner kerf. What does LN know Lol.
Overall , a couple cheap and cheerful saws with a new lease of life.
I wish I could upload more photos but trying to upload from photobucket on the iPad is sooooooo frustrating.
Thanks for looking.
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