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Project by Bsmith posted 03-10-2011 09:12 PM 2166 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started with what I believe to be an old tenon saw without any tote, 13 TPI and 12” in length. Found a chunk of walnut and copied a couple of tote patterns from the Lee Valley web site. Took the saw apart, cleaned it up as much as I could then cut 1 1/4” off the back side. Drilled out for the handle, broke one tote while doing this. (note to self, if you have time to make one you have time to make two). Used a spray on finish, put it back together and am ready to cut some wood. It appears to be solid but dull. Next step is to learn to sharping the teeth. Thanks for looking.

-- Bryan





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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 09:41 PM

Nice work on the saw. The handle looks great and incidently, I also broke a completely finished handle recently too. In my case, I had even added some wheat carving to it, but I made the mistake of assuming the bolts fit better than they actually did. I haven’t made a dovetail saw, but yours turned out swell.

Take care,
Jim

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Matt Stauffer

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 10:19 PM

Looks lovely.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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steliart

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 10:36 PM

I think you will end up with one fine dovetail saw

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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swirt

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 10:55 PM

That came out nice. What did you use to cut the 1-1/4” off the back?

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 11:20 PM

It looks real nice. Congratulations.

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MasterSergeant

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 11:23 PM

Sweet!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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stefang

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#7 posted 03-11-2011 12:01 AM

Great job. Beautiful handle and the blade came out good too. There was an article in Shop Notes magazine awhile back showing how to make a dovetail saw from scratch and that included sharpening it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Bsmith

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#8 posted 03-11-2011 12:45 AM

Thanks all, swirt, I used a side grinder with a 1/16 inch blade. Used a piece of 1/2” metal strap as a straight edge. Worked great.

-- Bryan

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dand

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#9 posted 03-11-2011 02:11 AM

Beautiful saw looks like it belongs in the lee valley catalogue. You might find that there are actually not enough teeth as apposed to being dull.
Hand made tools are something to take great pride in and you certainly should.

-- Dand Kaslo

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Dan Hux

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#10 posted 03-11-2011 03:13 AM

great looking saw handle

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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tinkertwist

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#11 posted 03-11-2011 03:24 AM

looks great, I would use it,

-- even a kick in the caboose is a step in the right direction

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EnglishDave

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#12 posted 03-11-2011 03:28 AM

Love the handle, I made myself a tenon saw handle many years ago and have just dug it out again to find that surprisingly enough it was blunt. Teeth were in good overall shape just no sharp edge. Did plenty of online reading and research, got myself a little three sided file and an hour of hard work later hey presto one sharp saw! I was so pleased to get the saw back into action.
So I would thoroughly recommend having a go at sharpening it, I don’t think it is quite as scary as people make out although of course that depends how much work you need to do on the teeth before you get to the actual sharpening stage!
Good luck!!

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mafe

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#13 posted 03-11-2011 04:12 AM

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EnglishDave

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#14 posted 03-11-2011 06:14 AM

The one I read was also at GetWoodworking.com but by a different author.

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RS Woodworks

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 03:50 AM

Very nice work on the saw! I have just recently started collecting and refurbishing old hand saws myself. Did you ever get around to sharpening this blade? How does it work now?
If you ever do another, look up “Chicago bolts” on Lee Valley’s online catalog. I use those and find they are a little nicer and more similar to original style saw nuts. Good job! and your new bench will be very helpful in holding work that you are dovetailing. :)
Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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