|Project by Ben||posted 09-14-2012 02:09 AM||3405 views||15 times favorited||18 comments|
I’ve been wanting to make some seriously nice tools for a while now. This stems partly from my desire to have nice tools without having to pay a huge amount for them, and partly from wanting to tackle the challenge. So I bought the spring steel and the brass. Fortunately since I’m a high school science teacher I have access to to some of the tools in the school’s machine shop. I was able to cut the spring steel to shape and bend the back relatively easy. I tried bending one back using just a hammer and anvil and it turned out ok but nothing like what i would want a finished piece to look like. The tote is made of zebra wood and is modeled after a kenyon style saw finished in BLO. I first cut out the general shape on my bandsaw and then filed it to fit my hand. The nuts are just brass nuts and machine screws from my local hardware store. nothing too fancy, but I think I may have to stick with them for future saws because of their relative ease to procure and use. Plus I like how they turned out. The other side of the saw actually has the hexagonal nuts mortised in and flush sanded. The teeth were each scratched in with a needle file and then finished with a triangular file. The gullet depth isn’t extremely even, but man does it cut like a dream. The plate is .018 in. No taper grinding, and I left the blue temper on the blade because I thought it looked cool. I put as small a set on it as I could with my saw sets. As this was my first attempt, I welcome any comments or criticisms anyone might have.
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