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12strings

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566 days ago

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.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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StumpyNubs

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#1 posted 566 days ago

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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Smallcrafter

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#2 posted 566 days ago

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

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rance

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#3 posted 566 days ago

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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bhack

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#4 posted 566 days ago

I can’t resist. Cut Wood?

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12strings

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#5 posted 566 days ago

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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Bill White

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#6 posted 566 days ago

Can I have it if you’re unhappy?
Bill

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#7 posted 565 days ago

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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dhazelton

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#8 posted 564 days ago

Dovetails.

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