|Project by jmartel||posted 03-12-2016 02:01 AM||1323 views||4 times favorited||25 comments|
I realized that I didn’t have any back saws with a plate deeper than a Veritas dovetail saw, and needed to cut at least 3” deep for tenons on my upcoming bed build, so I decided to build a saw instead of buying. I bought a 16” tenon saw kit from Blackburn Tools with Bronze hardware. I made the handle out of some curly quartersawn maple, and dyed it twice. Once with a dark almost black dye, which I sanded mostly off, and then again with an antique maple dye to give the final color. I decided that making the handle darker would hide some of the dirt/grime from my hands easier than a brightly finished maple handle would.
Unfortunately I had the drill bit grab on the lower bolt hole, which led to a bit of tearout.
The kit came from here:
The site also has probably the best step by step guide on how to make one:
And the template for the handle came from here:
All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. I won’t be stealing any business from Bob, ErikF, Bontz, or BadAxe saws any time soon, but I got a very good saw for less than a Veritas tenon saw would have cost.
-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.