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Replacement handle for an old dovetail saw

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Project by bluekingfisher posted 11-07-2018 08:48 PM 410 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of days ago I posted a project of the renovation of a Colver Bros 10” dovetail saw.
On this latest project; I only replaced the handle on this saw which was another internet auction purchase.. the saw in question at one time belonged to a school technical department. Although the saw was in quite good condition, the original handle was nothing short of ugly and uncomfortable, as can be seen in photo 4 above.
For the handle I upcycled some beech from the seat of an old stool. Plenty seasoned and thick enough for a saw tote. The wood blank, with section missing also shown in photo 4 became the donor part.
I have to thank Blackburn tools for allowing me to use their template pattern which I printed off and glued to the blank. It was just a case of cutting to rough shape at the bandsaw. Final shaping was achieved with rasps and glass paper to fit my hand.
I cleaned and polished the metalwork and applied some stain and finish to the tote for durability.
A quick jointing and sharpen on the teeth. Has it ready for work.
The saw has 16ppi filed for rip cut, with a progressive rake of 30/15/5 degrees. It starts cuts smoothly and rips aggressively..
The final photograph shows both the school saw and the Colver bros saw I posted earlier.
David.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan





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Andre

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#1 posted 11-07-2018 09:08 PM

Definitely looks a lot better, looks like quite a thick kerf on the test cuts?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 09:33 PM



Definitely looks a lot better, looks like quite a thick kerf on the test cuts?

- Andre

I thought the same. Just from looking at the saw’s before handle, and that plate look more like a back saw from a cheap, or very short miter box. Hey, if now filed for rip, and it makes satisfactory cuts, then a wide kerf can be dealt with. So if OP is happy happy, then so am I. Certainly does look nicer.

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AJ1104

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#3 posted 11-08-2018 12:33 AM

Nice restoration. It great to use a tool that you made.

-- AJ

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bluekingfisher

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 10:42 AM


Definitely looks a lot better, looks like quite a thick kerf on the test cuts?

- Andre

I thought the same. Just from looking at the saw s before handle, and that plate look more like a back saw from a cheap, or very short miter box. Hey, if now filed for rip, and it makes satisfactory cuts, then a wide kerf can be dealt with. So if OP is happy happy, then so am I. Certainly does look nicer.

- therealSteveN

Yes, it was originally a small 10” backsaw or tenon saw. The plate thickness is 0.65 mm, roughly twice the thickness of my dovetail saws. Schools for the most part would not invest in thin plate saws for students. They would not be durable enough or indeed little need to have such saws for fine detail work on school projects.

The original closed tote, is with the thickness of the plate an indication of it being intended for cutting slightly thicker stock, such as ripping small tenons. The image with the cut dovetails was merely to show the effectiveness of the sharpness and tracking of the saw. I have found it unnecessary to file a cross cut pattern on teeth with anything more than 10 PPI. Reducing the rake on the teeth ensures a smooth snag free cut even across the grain in most woods. I have not been able to evidence any improvement in the quality of the cuts when filing cross cut. The only tangible difference i have found is the extra labour required to to set up and cut a cross cut pattern, particularly on small teeth.

Perhaps my introduction was misleading? I should have stated it was a replacement handle for a tenon saw, however as I was typing it out I had the word “dovetail” in my head as the tote style is synonymous with traditional English dovetail saws.

However, good observation on your part.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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bluekingfisher

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 10:44 AM



Nice restoration. It great to use a tool that you made.

- AJ1104


Thank you AJ1104. It certainly feels better in my hand, which it is now shaped to fit.

David

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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swirt

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#6 posted 11-08-2018 04:11 PM

Great results. Well done.

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bluekingfisher

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#7 posted 11-08-2018 10:35 PM



Great results. Well done.

- swirt


Thanks swirt.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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