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Project by SpaceAgePlane posted 03-27-2017 10:15 AM 660 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Out of necessity and sheer disgust for the traditional style veneer saws, I decided to make one that felt like a true Western saw and cut with the same motions that a normal backsaw would. I had no intention of ever producing these until I taught a class recently on veneering and my saw unintentionally became part of the lecture. I wanted to show them off to my fellow LJ’s , but if you want to know more just ask me of check out my site for more info.

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 10:50 AM

Very nice … thanks for the inspiration!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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KnotCurser

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 11:51 AM

Paul,

Great design and I love the Beefy handle and the slight curve to the blade.

You are breakin ALL the rules, MAN! Cool.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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SpaceAgePlane

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 09:53 PM

Does the handle look beefy? I wasn’t going for that. I think it may be the light, it’s actually very “light” looking and super comfortable. I copied it off of a set of saws I did for someone that were modeled off of the Smith’s Key(the handle, the saw is my design). It took a few times to get it exactly right, but now the blade will naturally follow the arch on the toothline as you pull it back. Pretty neat to see in action and super effective. Thank you for the nice compliments!

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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shipwright

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#4 posted 03-28-2017 04:10 AM

Nice saw. I’m with you on the standard pattern veneer saw we see most places here but im wondering if you are aware of the French style saws that Gramercy makes. They are very different and much more in tune with yours.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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SpaceAgePlane

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#5 posted 03-28-2017 05:05 AM

Thanks for the comment, Paul. I am familiar with the French Style Veneer Saw, not Gramercy’s in particular. I owned an antique French Style for a long time, it was okay. My one “beef” with it was that even though the handle was placed over the plate to provide downward pressure, I just couldn’t make it comfortable to hold. Not to say the Gramercy is the same way, I truly do like their other saws. Through everything, I am a Western Saw guy. I have 4 Japanese saws, nice ones, that were given to me by a friend who’s father owned them and they are neat. I get the reasons why people may like them, but I learned with Western Saws and it’s like I can “predict” what it’s going to do. I don’t have that feeling with anything else. And I put a lot of thought into the way this saw works. With the right “hang” of the handle, the need for downward pressure to speed up the cut is not necessary. By simply pulling the saw back it allows the whole blade to engage with the work, providing adequate pressure to make a quick, accurate cut. I have 3 going out to some people with more “clout” in the ww-ing community than myself to be reviewed. If anyone is interested in trying one out for a LJ’s review, shoot me a message and I’ll get it in the mail to you.

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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shipwright

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 04:52 PM

Thanks Paul. It was not meant as a criticism and I’m glad you didn’t take it as one. I have a couple of the Gramercy saws and really like them but if I had seen yours first i would likely have one and really like it too. The main point made by both is that the dinky little saws with the offset handles are quite useless. :-)
Good luck with these.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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SpaceAgePlane

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#7 posted 03-29-2017 03:57 AM

I like that Gramercy offers that kit for their dovetail saw(or used to, haven’t looked in a long time). I personally enjoy making and tuning new saws and restoring older ones. If there’s one thing I collect, it’s saws. When I first got big into hand tools, I couldn’t afford what I wanted and the Gramercy kit offered me inspiration to try making my own. I love planes, like most woodworkers and I still enjoy going to my shop just to “plane wood” for a bit and every plane I make I test out for about 2 hours until I get everything just right. There’s a lot of satisfaction in it. But when you make your own saw, file it by hand(I do have a re-toother now) and get it tuned, watching it follow a straight line with no persuasion is still like magic to me.

-- Paul @ Space Age Plane Co.

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