Homemade Tenon Saw

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Project by ErikF posted 10-15-2013 01:18 AM 2357 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy building furniture and have come to enjoy building the tools I use just as much. I am finishing up this tenon saw right now and am happy with the results so far. It easily cut a straight line through 8/4 beech. This saw is filed to 14 TPI, is 12 inches long, and has a cut depth of 3 inches. The handle is Chechen and I used some split nut bolts from Winsor Saws to hold it together. I used 1/4” carbon fiber for the spine and was able to slot it on my drill press with a slot cutter. I cut the plate out of .02” spring steel and filed the teeth by hand, I am finally getting the hang of it. I was able to sell my veritas dovetail saw due to the last saw I built performing so well. It’s very satisfying to build your own tools. I recommend it to anyone that hasn’t tried.

Now to get back at it…I have a pile of brass, copper, and steel backs that need to be made into saws.

Thanks for looking.

-- Power to the people.

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#1 posted 10-15-2013 01:55 AM

Awesome craftsmanship Erik, I’m blown away by this. I love the idea of making your own tools.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 02:27 AM

Wow you filed the teeth! That’s impressive. What did you use to bond the carbon to the steel?

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 10-15-2013 03:08 AM

I used epoxy to keep the blade in the slot. It was already a pretty snug fit but the epoxy seems to do a good job.

-- Power to the people.

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#4 posted 10-15-2013 09:49 AM

Sweet! That’s one fine saw. Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 10-16-2013 12:52 AM

very nice work. it takes more patience than I think I can muster at this point in my life to build your own tools… Godspeed!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 10-16-2013 01:13 AM

Wonderful looking saw, congrats on the build

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

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