New batch of handsaws

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Project by Wally331 posted 233 days ago 1302 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been quite busy lately making saws among other things. Two of these saws are going to BigRedKnothead and one of them went to JordanP

The panel saw is a 24 inch 8 ppi crosscut saw with a padauk handle modeled after a Disston No. 7. The plate is .032in 1095 spring steel.

After that is the 14 inch tenon/carcass saw. 11 ppi filed rip. Brass back and a .020 spring steel plate.

Finally there is the 12 inch tenon/carcass saw, also 11 ppi and filed rip, same plate thickness and brass back.

I have made a lot of improvements since my first saw, most notably a new method for removing the blueing of the steel, better sawnut production, a standardized handle template, and slightly better filing. I still have a lot of work to do but I am starting to be able to batch these saws out. Stay tuned for more details coming soon. -Chris

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#1 posted 233 days ago

WOW! Super saws. Are you selling ‘em yet? If so, what are the tennon rip filed back saws going for?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 233 days ago

Those handles are incredible. Great saws.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#3 posted 233 days ago

Impressive, they look great.

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#4 posted 233 days ago

LOVE that No. 7 Chris. You’re doing some fabulous work.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Of all the tools I own, my favorite is a good sharp pocket knife. - My Dad

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#5 posted 233 days ago

Chris you are on fire! These are some great looking saws. What is ppi in saw lingo? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 233 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship Chris!

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#7 posted 233 days ago

Without doubt, your work is fantastic & inferior to none. Your skills are great, and your attention to detail superb. Thanks for showing.

-- "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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#8 posted 233 days ago

Wally, these are most impressive. can you recommend a book, website, or other resource that can help teach us how to make such exquisite saws? thank you.

-- --bch

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#9 posted 233 days ago

Chris those saws are fantastic. Impressive.

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

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#10 posted 233 days ago

They look awesome. Can’t wait to get my freckled mitts on them;)

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#11 posted 233 days ago

Thanks for the comments everyone, I will try to reply to all of your questions as best as I can.
Handtooler, they are for sale, but not for a little bit I have a furniture commission that I need to do first, and I have a website to build aswell. My first few saws ran about 75$ for each, just to get my name out there and do some prototyping/get my manufactuing process down and figure out the best way to make a good product. I'm looking at selling 14 inch saws for about 125$ when I get the website up but there is still a lot to be decided. Hang in there ;).
Candy, thanks! ppi stands for points per inch, so there are 8 tips of the teeth per inch. It is slightly different then tpi, or tooth per inch, where there would be 8 teeth per inch. If I remember correctly I think 9ppi is the same as 8tpi. If you do a search a ton of articles will come up, but its confusing even to me haha.

@bch, I am not aware of any books, although blog posts have helped me immensely. I have probable read every online article and blog posts by various makers twice. There is a wealth of information to be found online. My personal favorites are Lief’s backsaw project at the norsewoodsmith, and a recent saw build along by Blackburn tools. If you fish around on you can find some good info too, and of course here on Lj’s the thread “saws using.buying,collecting” or something like that has a ton of info. Check out Brit’s blog and sharpening video aswell.

@ Red, it is too bad you saw these, I was meaning to surprise you. I hit the post button and it was too late ;). I’m just about to go ship them right now.

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#12 posted 233 days ago

Chris I would love to buy a couple of your saws when you get your production up and running. They’re absolutely gorgeous!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#13 posted 233 days ago

Those saws look wonderful, great craftsmanship.

Is there a practical way of making a tapered thickness on the plate on hand saws like some of the more classic designs?

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#14 posted 232 days ago

would love to own some, they look fantastic!

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist -

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#15 posted 232 days ago

thanks again you three,
@ Richard Hillius, I had planned on tapering this blade, but my school metals teacher still hasnt gotten the grinding wheels for the surface grinder yet. He has had to order, cancel and reorder like 3 times. I didn’t want Red to have to wait any longer. But, it think it is very plausible to taper saws using a surface grinder. I’ll get back to you when I am done experimenting with that.

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