Tiger Maple Tenon Backsaw - Disston D-4

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 12-27-2016 10:04 PM 2651 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished this 12 inch tenon saw thanks to some down time during Christmas vacation. It is based on the Disston D-4 12-inch tenon saw, with an obvious modification being curly maple material and milled brass hardware. I have been tinkering on a few custom saws for a traveling tool chest. The idea was that I would fill it with tools that I had made because I really enjoy building tools. This was one of those tools. The plate is .020 inch spring steel, 12 inches long, 3 inches depth of cut, filed at 13 points per inch, rip cut. The saw back is 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide brass 360 bar stock that has been slit using a slitting saw. The saw is finished with boiled linseed oil and Minwax polycrylic.

The wood is a piece of curly maple. I get it from a local guy who only sells figured maple.

The pattern is a D-4 12” handle pattern from

The rough shape. I use a coping saw, rasps, files, chisels and sand paper to get the shaping done.

The finish.

Thanks for looking!

-- Regards, Norm

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#1 posted 12-27-2016 10:09 PM

That is a beautiful saw. The handle is a real highlight!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#2 posted 12-27-2016 10:10 PM

That’s a great-looking saw Norm.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 12-27-2016 11:21 PM

Thanks, gents. I appreciate your feedback! The wood really comes to life. The Disston style is hard to improve, in my opinion.

-- Regards, Norm

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#4 posted 12-28-2016 12:06 AM

Beautiful saw Norm better than store bought!

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#5 posted 12-28-2016 12:44 AM

Thanks, WaHo. I had fun making it

-- Regards, Norm

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#6 posted 12-28-2016 01:36 AM

Amazing saw. Love everything about it.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#7 posted 12-28-2016 02:45 AM

Thank you, Steve. I am pleased with the end result. Looking forward to putting it through its paces.

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 12-28-2016 02:58 AM

That’s real Nice!

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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#9 posted 12-28-2016 04:12 AM

Beautiful. If this is representative of the rest, it’ll be one hell of a traveling tool chest.

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#10 posted 12-28-2016 05:08 AM

Nice looking tool.

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

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#11 posted 12-28-2016 04:25 PM

Thanks all. Cant wait to build the next one.

-- Regards, Norm

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#12 posted 12-28-2016 05:48 PM

Awesome handle, Norm.

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#13 posted 12-28-2016 07:27 PM

You did a fHandsome job on the saw Norm ! nothing like a tool you made yourself. Did you put your name and date on it ? Congrats on your top 3

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

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#14 posted 12-29-2016 09:31 AM

Very handsome Norm and the saw ain’t bad either. LOL.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 12-29-2016 07:14 PM

Nice handle! I might have found the inspiration to make one for my #4. Just need to find the right wood and some Gumption…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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