Gent saw conversion

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Project by JADobson posted 01-19-2018 03:23 AM 886 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen a few of these here and have needed a dovetail saw. A GC from amazon for Christmas covered the gent saw and I cut then handle from a piece of walnut (fun fact: this was an off cut from the very first piece of lumber I ever bought). The pattern is from Two Guys in a Garage and is a Moses Eadon handle. Saw cuts remarkably well for the cheapest saw online. Saw nuts are a pair of Chicago bolts from LV. I sanded off the slot on one side The head is a bit thin but seems to be working. Comments and critiques welcome. Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2018 05:10 AM

Smart idea. I might have to try that. Very nice.

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#2 posted 01-19-2018 11:19 AM

Awesome handle. Nice conversion. Welcome to the club!

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

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#3 posted 01-19-2018 01:58 PM

That’s a great looking saw.

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#4 posted 01-19-2018 02:06 PM

Thanks gentlemen.

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

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#5 posted 01-19-2018 03:09 PM

Looks great! You picked a lovely piece of curly walnut for the handle.

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#6 posted 01-19-2018 05:08 PM

Great job, I too am in the same process, handle is shaped just need to pick up the brass bolts.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 01-19-2018 06:23 PM

Very nice indeed.

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#8 posted 01-19-2018 08:49 PM

Great conversion

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#9 posted 01-24-2018 10:13 AM

It would appear you’ve made a silk purse from a sow’s ear.

I agree those low cost Gent saws offer a good cutting blade, and the thinner kerfs allow the tooth geometry to work, add a harder working handle to that mix and you need to have the saw blade to have a back, lest you fold it in half.

Nice job.

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#10 posted 01-24-2018 02:52 PM

Thanks everyone -

SteveN – the back is definitely the weak point on this particular saw. It is made from very thin and light metal. The saw is almost weightless and I prefer some heft. Maybe I’ll replace the spine at a later date.

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

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