very short backsaw?

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09-29-2012 01:01 PM

What is the intended use of a short fat back-saw that is only about 8 inches long, but has a cutting depth of 3.5 inches before you hit the stiff back?

It seems an odd shape with no benifits?

I recently got one from a yard sale for $1 to practice my sharpening…but am not really sure what the saw is for.

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#1 posted 09-29-2012 01:07 PM

A photo would help.

Maybe you are referring to a stair saw? They were used to cut dadoes for staircases, but a lot of woodworkers used them for grooves and dadoes in general too.

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#2 posted 09-29-2012 01:07 PM

Have a pic? This sounds like a dovetail saw. Is it Japanese?

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#3 posted 09-29-2012 02:15 PM

Great idea for practicing sharpening. A special purpose tool most likely. Stumpy, now that is one cool tool. Worth just hanging up in the shop to admire.

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#4 posted 09-29-2012 02:45 PM

I can’t resist. Cut Wood?

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#5 posted 09-29-2012 06:12 PM

It’s not that uncommon…I’ve seen them before…I just see no advantages to this saw shape over one that is a bit longer.

Pic here: (example only…mine is not a diston)

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#6 posted 09-29-2012 07:50 PM

Can I have it if you’re unhappy?


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#7 posted 10-01-2012 05:25 AM

It’s used for cutting dovetails as well as small tenons. Mostly, these were named and used for dovetails. If anyone doesn’t want theirs, just send them to me.

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 12:30 PM


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