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Project by jmartel posted 03-12-2016 02:01 AM 1197 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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:
http://blackburntools.com/new-tools/new-saws-and-related/slotted-back-saw-kits/index.html

The site also has probably the best step by step guide on how to make one:
http://www.blackburntools.com/blog/saw-build-along-index/

And the template for the handle came from here:

http://tgiag.com/saw-handle-scans.html

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.





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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 03-12-2016 02:39 AM

Very nicely done, Jsaw. Love how the figure was drawn out of the maple.

Do the saw plates come sharpened?

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 03-12-2016 02:39 AM

Love the dark curly figure. Great job jsaw

-- -Dan

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jmartel

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#3 posted 03-12-2016 02:47 AM

Mark, the plates do not come sharpened. The teeth are punched, but they have no set.

Pez, thanks for the dye.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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summerfi

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#4 posted 03-12-2016 03:10 AM

Great job jmart. That’s one to be proud of.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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BurlyBob

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#5 posted 03-12-2016 03:30 AM

That’s truly beautiful. It’s almost to nice to use and get all dusty. Put in a glass and just admire it.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 03-12-2016 04:11 AM

Nice work, thanks for the info on where you got the kit.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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jmartel

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#7 posted 03-12-2016 04:15 AM

I intend to put it to good use. What good is a saw if it’s just for decoration? Plus, it’s not perfect now even new, so there’s no need to try and keep it pristine.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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woodcox

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#8 posted 03-12-2016 04:44 AM

Nice one jmart, pretty wood! How is the back affixed? I’m considering the build vs buy for this size too. Thanks for the links.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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jmartel

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#9 posted 03-12-2016 04:48 AM

Back is pinched. So you pinch the back in the vise to be 0.001-0.004” thinner than the blade. I used a set of feeler gauges to figure out when to stop. If you use a triangular file to put a chamfer on the inside of the slot before squeezing it, it will be easier to insert the back.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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yuridichesky

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#10 posted 03-12-2016 05:46 AM

Great saw for great woodworking! Nothing compares to the joy of working with the tool that you built yourself!

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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jmartel

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#11 posted 03-12-2016 06:04 AM

Thanks, Yuri. I’m sure it could have been sharpened better, but it’s only the second saw I’ve sharpened. Works well enough for now.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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TheTurtleCarpenter

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#12 posted 03-12-2016 06:08 AM

Love how the saw came out JMartel and like Yuri said , nothing else will compare.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#13 posted 03-12-2016 06:39 AM

Money

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 03-12-2016 01:27 PM

Almost too pretty to use. Nice work and very ambitious.

Thanks for posting your project and sharing with us.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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woodcox

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#15 posted 03-12-2016 01:36 PM

Good! I like being able to remove the back if need be. Also, the plate can be tuned if backed this way as I see it.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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