|Project by pastorglen||posted 01-15-2011 08:05 PM||2689 views||16 times favorited||16 comments|
I was looking to upgrade to a better dovetail saw, but I didn’t want to spend a boat-load. So I decided to build it.
Side note—think about it. There isn’t a project we build that we couldn’t buy somewhere. Part of the reason we build it is to have joy and satisfaction from using our hands to make something that will last to the next generations. We should have the same approach—when possible—to the tools we use.
I read the Norse Woodsmith blog on making backsaws so many times that I thought I had it memorized. Then, after looking at a variety of options, I ended up getting in touch with Wenzloff & Sons. They have kits, but they also let you build it to your specs from scratch. My kids gave me $50 toward the saw for Christmas, and I added the cost of shipping. I ordered two split-nut screws, a folded brass back, and a .020” blade, with the teeth already cut, but not sharpened. I made my own handle (which is pictured in my icon thingy) from a piece of scrap wood with some extra nice figure in it.
The whole thing cost under $60, and I am absolutely delighted with the results. Wenzloff & Sons were a delight to work with and very helpful. I plan to buy another one this week and make tenon saw.
In the process I’ve learned how the saws are made, how to adjust them, and how to sharpen them. It was a great project that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in having a great saw for a fraction of the cost.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."