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Forum topic by jace_robert posted 08-30-2011 04:27 PM 1338 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jace_robert

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08-30-2011 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saws hand tools

Well Gentlemen and Ladies if they happen by. I am in the predicament of attempting to put tools in my hands for the workshop I will place in the house I will shortly buy (long sentence longer story!). I am currently stuck with the issue of hand saws as I do not have a real frame of reference to their use as the only thing I have ever used a hand saw for was to cut a piece of wood to length in a framing type situation. I looked up Shannon Rodgers hand tool school and have found a wealth of information on saws and what characteristics they should have (Names, TPI, Length, Depth of cut) but not a single piece of where to get saws that fit these characteristics . Doing some work on my own I have come up with a fine looking company http://www.flinn-garlick-saws.co.uk/index.html but not a lot of information about them is available from outside sources. Has anyone used any of their saws or could you recommend some places to look for good quality saws? Also if anyone had information available on maintenance and upkeep of hand saws that would be of great assistance also! Thank you for your time and consideration in this matter.


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Tedstor

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 11:59 PM

Take a look at the below link to Toolmera. The top link takes you to an estensive index of hand tool care publications – all free.
From that index comes the second link. A PDF from the Tyzack saw company on handsaw maintenance. Its my preferred source.

http://toolemera.com/Books%20%26%20Booklets/books.html

http://toolemera.com/pampdf/tyzackservicingsaws1950.pdf

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jace_robert

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#2 posted 08-31-2011 10:36 AM

Tedstor, thanks for the tip. That looks like a pretty good resource I will dig in there and see what else I can find also. Thanks again it has given me a few more things to look for and figure out especially about setting the teeth. If you sharpen your own saws do you use a regular vice or a dedicatited saw vice?

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#3 posted 08-31-2011 10:51 AM

Dedicated saw vise here.We have a modest collection of user Disston’s…..some of which are well into their 3rd generation of use.Flyin636

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#4 posted 08-31-2011 03:45 PM

Not a fan of the Pax saws at all. The quality and feel just isn’t the same as saws built by others. If money (and sometimes order time) isn’t the issue, go with one of the boutique saw makers. You will not be disappointed with the quality in the least! I personally have a few of the Bad Axe Saws and the cut level and feel in the hand is insane! I have had the pleasure of using Lie Nielsen’s offering as well and they are a very nice product as well. If you are trying to get a quality, functional product that is more cost effective, you can do a whole lot worse than the Veritas offerings. These were my first saws as they work really, really well, especially considering their very modest price tag! Wenzloff and Sons is another saw maker with a fabulous reputation that I have not yet had the pleasure of trying, but everyone who uses them, raves about them.

Other than the Wenzloff saws, I have tried and used all of the other saws listed, including the Pax, and out of all of them, the Pax is the LAST saw I would choose. Just absolutely disliked the feel in my hand and the performance was not up to snuff, even for an amateur such as myself…

http://www.badaxetoolworks.com/
http://www.lie-nielsen.com/catalog.php?cat=507
http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=64007&cat=1,42884
http://www.wenzloffandsons.com/

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 06:44 PM

Tirebob do you sharpen your own saws? If so any recommendations on getting started? Thanks for the suggestions.

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tirebob

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 06:58 PM

Not yet, but it is something I am planning on practicing over the winter. I too am researching it out as we speak…

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jace_robert

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#7 posted 09-09-2011 04:30 AM

yeah I am in research also but not haveing a lot of success. I am thinking of getting some stuff togheter to work on shareing knowledge on here.

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tirebob

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#8 posted 09-09-2011 05:32 AM

Well I will absolutely follow it and contribute anything I can find!

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 06:44 PM

Jace and tirebob
I too am in the midst of learning/teaching myself how to sharpen saws and would be happy to follow and contribute to the collective knowledge on how to do it.
I assume you guys know about:
vintage saw web site- http://www.vintagesaws.com/sitemap.html
and the utube videos by Thomas Lie Nielsen on utube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orPgaoF31ZQ&feature=related

Jeff

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