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Dovetail Saw and Bit Driver for the Winter 2017 Tool Swap

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 02-11-2017 03:17 PM 1708 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the swap tool set I made for ki7hy for the Fall/Winter 2016 Lumberjock’s surprise swap. It is a 9-inch dovetail saw with about 2-inch depth of cut. The saw plate is .020-inch spring steel, 15 points per inch, filed rip cut. There is about a 1/8-inch to 3/16-inch taper to the plate. The tote is modeled after the Kenyon dovetail saw, a mid 19th century pattern that I printed from TGIAG.com. The wood is 7/8-inch thick curly maple. I finished it with several coats of boiled linseed oil that was cut 50% with mineral spirits. The final coats of finish are polycrylic and wax.

The saw back is milled C360 bar stock (I like the extra weight it adds) that has a bullnose and light chamfers to soften the look. The brass split nuts were purchased from Alamo saw works in Texas.

I included a small bonus item, a multi-bit screw driver made out of wormy apple with brass ferrule. The worm holes were filled with epoxy. The handle is finished similarly to the saw tote. This screw driver was inspired by the Lie-Nielsen version using the same hardware, but a different handle pattern and wood species. The bits are made by Wera in the Czech Republic. The bits include: #1 and #2 Phillips, #1 and #2 Square, 5.5mm and 6.5mm Slotted bits. Driver tips are hardened to Rockwell 54-56. The screw driver will accept any other standard 1/4” shank bits. The bits are held in place with a very strong magnet.

These LJ Swaps are a lot of fun! If you have been watching, but afraid to participate, I would encourage you to give it a try. Thanks again, Dave for running the swap!

-- Regards, Norm





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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 02-11-2017 03:38 PM

Lovely work! Dave has no excuse if his next project isn’t full of dovetails.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 02-11-2017 03:54 PM

That is a really impressive saw and driver. Where did you find a tapered plate?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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AgentTwitch

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#3 posted 02-11-2017 04:01 PM

Allen, I use tin snips and clean it up with a file. Works pretty well for me.

-- Regards, Norm

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Kelster58

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#4 posted 02-11-2017 04:11 PM

That is beautiful work. Any wood worker would treasure those pieces. Heirloom quality pieces. Great job !

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#5 posted 02-11-2017 04:41 PM

Excellent work Norm!

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Handtooler

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#6 posted 02-11-2017 06:06 PM

Two very beautifully crafted woodworker’s tools by you for a deserving LJ. I’m quite sure he’ll really find great use for them.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@outlook.com

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#7 posted 02-11-2017 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 02-11-2017 11:19 PM

These are beautiful!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 02-12-2017 12:06 AM

Fantastic looking tools! I know he’s loving them.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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JayT

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#10 posted 02-12-2017 02:21 AM

You are getting really good at making those saws, Norm. I’m sure Dave is going to get great use out of it and the driver, too.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#11 posted 02-12-2017 11:51 AM

Norm that is a beautiful set. I can’t even imagine making my own saw but you have it down. Great job!

I went to the TGIAG site, what a wealth of information. Thanks for sharing!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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HokieKen

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#12 posted 02-13-2017 01:43 PM

Killer set Norm. That saw is gorgeous! Dave scored on this one ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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AgentTwitch

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#13 posted 02-13-2017 04:02 PM

Thanks, Charles, Dan, Jay, Jeff and Kenny!

Jeff, saw making isn’t hard. Buy a kit or a crown gents saw and some split nuts. Pretty fun shop project in my opinion.

-- Regards, Norm

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ki7hy

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#14 posted 02-14-2017 03:04 AM

I missed seeing this posted. The pics don’t do it justice, that curly is amazing! Saw cuts smooth as silk and the little screwdriver was used all last weekend constantly because it’s handily living in my apron now. Love it. Thank you again Norm! TOP NOTCH. That saw will be used for my lifetime of dovetails going forward and I have a lot of years left. My next hand tool only project looks to be a jewelry cabinet for the wife. It’ll take me awhile but this saw will have its part. Can’t wait.

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ki7hy

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#15 posted 02-14-2017 03:08 AM



Lovely work! Dave has no excuse if his next project isn t full of dovetails.

- Mark Kornell

I definitely am not afraid to hand cut some dovetails. In fact that’s the only way I know. I’ve never used a router or jig or whatever they sell out there. I don’t post many projects but that chest of mine in the project section was like 60 plus dovetails or something. I used my jap saw for those but the next one I do will be with this saw. Actually the original box I made for the swap had dovetails from this saw but I ruined the box with my Stanley 45 so I went with a different option unfortunately.

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