Rip Saw

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Project by Ben posted 10-29-2012 03:59 AM 2860 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second saw I’ve made. Its a 24 in long rip saw filed with 5 points per inch. The blade is .020 inches thick (thin?). I realize this is pretty thin, but I had the metal so i figure i’d try it. So far I haven’t had any trouble with it.

The handle is made of zebra wood, and the brass screws and nuts I got at a local hardware store. Instead of buying split nuts, I just let in hex nuts and they work great and still look good in my opinion. To make the handle, I cut out the rough shape on my band saw and then went to town with a rasp. So far all I have is a four in one nicholson rasp from homedepot. I’m hoping to get a nice ariou rasp or two for christmas. I understand they cut really well.

The spring steel I got from mcmaster carr was bent, and without a back I had to try and develop some saw doctor techniques with my 25 pound anvil. I gotta say once i got a feel for it wasn’t too bad. I’m not sure I could repair a drastically bent blade, but i can definitely straighten a slightly curved one.

The teeth took forever to file out. I need to find some way to punch them out in the future. It took me probably 3 hours to file all of them. They are minimally set.

I was afraid I might ruin the blade if I tried to cut a saw nib, but i figure no self respecting saw of mine would be without. It was really quite easy with a triangle file. I just freehanded it, and again I think it came out great.

All in all, the saw is fantastic. Its a blast to use on my new saw bench.

As always, please feel free to critique, comment, or question.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 04:31 AM

I think that’s pretty darn cool. I was really impressed with your dovetail saw, too.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 06:13 AM

I never thought of building a saw but that’s pretty neat. You should do a how-to.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-29-2012 06:17 AM

that is a beautiful saw, very classic right down to the lambs tongue and nib. the Zebra wood is an excellent choice!

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 08:01 AM

Nice job! You might want to check out this forum.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#5 posted 10-29-2012 01:17 PM

Ben, that’s a beautiful saw! The handle is truely shaped like a vintage Disston…please grab those Auriou rasps asap…you WILL love them! I fancy myself as a saw handle maker…in training…and buy a new rasp every other month to satisfy my hunger…the performance over a HomeD tool is night and day!

You should really consider sharing this saw with the saw mongers at the forum listed above by ksSlim! Please! I’m certain there are others who would be inspired by your work! Also, a few saw masters are frequently at hand to answer questions on sharpening, etc.

Love your saw vice, too…simple…I may have to borrow that idea since I’m just about to start learning to sharpen my vintage saws…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 10-29-2012 01:24 PM

Homemade hand saw is pettry cool.

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#7 posted 10-29-2012 02:16 PM

Outstanding work! While it’s great to rehab vintage saws, building your own from scratch would be a great challenge and very rewarding when completed. Congratulations!

-- Making sawdust and memories through woodworking.

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#8 posted 10-29-2012 04:47 PM

cool project and well executed. What’s the finish on the blade?

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#9 posted 10-29-2012 09:15 PM

It is looking sharp!

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#10 posted 10-29-2012 09:30 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I’m definitely going to have to check out the links you guys gave me. I”m always looking for more information.

-- Do something nice for somebody

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#11 posted 10-29-2012 09:36 PM

The blade has some boiled linseed oil on it from putting another coat on the handle. It also has some soap on it because I use bar soap to lubricate all my cutting tools. If you’re wondering about the blue color its actually blue tempered shim stock, and I just thought the blued steel has a really nice look to it. Especially in conjunction with the brass screws, or it might be because i just don’t want to have to polish it all away ;)

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#12 posted 10-29-2012 10:23 PM

Ben …. filling three hours !!!!
that was pretty fast thinking of you started from scratch and had to take care of
the thin metal didn´t bend

great job all around :-)


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#13 posted 10-29-2012 10:45 PM

Great saw. The handle looks great also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 12:13 AM

I envy your saw making abilities!

What kind of wood is your bench made of? I like the straight tight grain.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 02:20 AM

Wow, a fantastic accomplishment! I hope it cuts as good as it looks.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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