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Adventures in Tool Making #3: A Pair of Tenon Saws from a Disston Miter Saw - Shaping, Sanding, Polishing, and Finishing

06-16-2013 05:26 PM by grfrazee | 2 comments »

Happy Fathers’ Day everyone! I got some shop time this weekend and decided to work on the pair of tenon saws again. Unfortunately, I only had time to work on one of the saws, but the procedure is the same for the other one so it doesn’t really matter. I left off last time with the handles roughed out and rounded over from the router. Next step was finishing shaping the horns of the handle. I used a combination of this curved-tooth file that I picked up at an antique...

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Tips for Picking Saw Blades

12-15-2009 10:42 PM by knotscott | 49 comments »

-updated 2/4/2015 Good blades are analogous to good tires on a high performance car…they can ultimately determine or limit the resulting end performance. There are a number of different factors that should be considered in saw blade selection. Decent quality is essential or you’re sunk from the beginning, so skip the cheapos even if they’re a “good deal”. Two inferior saw blades that cost the same as one decent saw blade are still inferior. It’s sort of like ...

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Moxon Vise for $6 and stuff around the shop

05-20-2013 03:11 AM by TechRedneck | 12 comments »

I have a nice Incra Lite on my router table purchased and used specifically for joinery. It does a nice job and I use it for small dovetails and box joints. However I always wanted to learn how to do hand cut dovetails for larger projects and drawers in the furniture I am building. After a couple attempts on my bench using the leg vise, my patience was wearing thin and back was starting to complain. I work on networks and servers all day and don’t use my back much. I follow ...

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terryR's Rusty Saw Blog #2: 1931-1935 No. 5 Disston-Keystone Handle Replacement

03-20-2012 03:49 PM by terryR | 8 comments »

Welcome back ya’ll…for part two of this series I promise more eye candy! Still considering myself quite the newbie, I wanted a saw of lesser value on which to practice. Ah-ha! Here in the pile was the perfect choice… This saw had a shiny coated medallion, semi-sharp teeth, seemingly very little rust, and the handle was painted black and orange. Surely, a ‘worthless’ Disston from the fading days of the company??? The initial layer of rust came off pretty easily, ...

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

06-04-2013 01:03 AM by Brit | 115 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...

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Vintage Tool Rehab Projects #18: How to doctor your saw handles

01-13-2013 04:19 PM by Brad | 6 comments »

“We’re going to have to cut out a big chunk to save her,” I could hear the saw-handle doctor saying. “We’ll also have to deal with that cheek chip.” I swallowed hard before he continued. “The horn repair is pretty straight forward, but the other two things add up to major surgery.” After waiting a moment to let that sink in, he added “As her ward, you’re going to have to make the decision one way or the other.” My heart sank...

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Saw handle repairs

02-02-2012 05:32 AM by need2boat | 9 comments »

So I’ve been working quite a bit on saw sharpening skills and for the most part its been going well. I’d say I’m learning with each saw I work on and getting better file angle control. That said some of the nicest saws I have also have some handles in need of love. I recently took a second class with Matt of the saw blog on saw restoration and let’s face it were all wood workers so its back to basics. Disston and son”s” No 7 Its important to note m...

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Saw Talk #1: And then there were two.

01-11-2012 12:13 AM by Brit | 21 comments »

I decided to dedicate my time this winter to restoring various saws I’ve acquired over the past year. I’ll be restoring half-rip saws, panel saws, tenon saws, carcass saws and dovetail saws from a variety of makers, dating from the 1840s up to the 1960s. Now don’t worry I’m not going to bore you with repetitive photos of me removing rust, shining saw plates, polishing brass and refinishing totes. I covered the process I use for these steps in my blog The Restoration of a 14” Tenon Saw so you ...

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Rehabbing Three Early British Handsaws

07-10-2016 05:13 AM by summerfi | 9 comments »

Rehabbing Three Early British Handsaws When you talk about restoring old handsaws, different people have varying thoughts about what that means. Some people think you should restore a saw to a shiny bright condition almost like new. Others feel that you should do the minimum necessary to make the saw functional again. There is no right answer; it’s simply a matter of personal choice. I’ve restored a lot of saws, and when I do, I usually try to return them to a condition as close to origina...

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My Version of a Moxon Vise

05-17-2016 02:23 AM by builtinbkyn | 16 comments »

I decided to make a moxon vise for the bench. I figured I’d make it a mini-bench that mounts to my workbench, so it would provide a taller work surface as well as a larger clamping area for dovetailing drawers and panels. I planned this a few weeks back. The Benchcrafted hardware is certainly very nice, but I thought I’d see if I could make one on the cheap. So I searched to Amazon to see what I could come up with for the hardware. I ended up using CNC components and some ...

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