This blog entry is a continuation of an earlier blog post titled Making Two Sets of Heirloom Saws: The Gent's Saw and The Table Saw. The making of these saws is an ideal topic for a blog series, but I unfortunately didn’t think of that when I made the original post. I’ve now turned this into a series, but there is no way to go back and incorporate the original post into the series. That is why this post shows as #1 of the series even though it is about the third saws in the sets.
The original post on the gent’s saws and table saws gave background on why I’m building these sets of saws and information about how I make saws. You may want to review that post before reading about the 10” dovetail saws.
10” Dovetail Saws
It’s been awhile since I completed the last saws in the sets, the table saws. Part of the delay was due to a very busy Summer 2015 doing non-saw related work. Another reason is all the saw work I’ve been doing for other people. As people have seen more of my saws, the requests for commissioned saw restorations, saw sharpening, and new saws have increased greatly. Since completing the two table saws in April 2015, I’ve built 6 custom saws on commission and have three more in the works now. I’ve lost track of the number of restorations and other saw work I’ve done. I’m continually impressed by the demand for good quality hand saws by hobby craftsmen and professional woodworkers across the nation.
Like the other saws in the matching sets, these dovetail saws have figured American black walnut handles. I think the wood in these handles is particularly nice.
Here I’ve temporarily spot-glued the two handles together for profile shaping to ensure they are exactly the same.
Cutting the mortise for the back.
These saws have traditional folded brass backs. I purchased these backs, but I’ve recently bought a press and have been working on tooling to allow me to make my own folded backs in the future. The laser etching on the backs, saw plates, and medallions is done locally by a man who does this as a side business.
These dovetail saws are 14 ppi rip saws filled with 8 degrees rake and 0 degrees fleam. I’m confident they will cut great, but like the other saws in the sets, I plan to leave them completely unused (see the original post for an explanation).
I’ll close with several pictures of the finished saws.
That’s a wrap on the dovetail saws. The next entry in the blog series will be 12” carcass saws. Thanks for reading along.
-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html