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ErikF

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09-09-2013 at 08:37 PM

I have spent the last week cleaning up some old saws and have been bitten by the saw bug. I would like to try my hand at building a couple from scratch but am having a problem finding any details on making spines or finding a place online that sells them. I did come across the Wenzloff website but they don’t have any in stock. I was thinking of contacting a local machine shop to see what they could make for me.

Has anybody here built their own saws? If so, I am really looking for someone with the know how and the willingness to answer questions here and there.

Thanks,

Erik

-- Power to the people.


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waho6o9

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 at 09:40 PM

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/74701

DHS was very helpful when I built my saws. Thanks
again DHS.

http://lumberjocks.com/waho6o9/blog/35803
http://lumberjocks.com/waho6o9/blog/36971

Brits blogs are indispensable: http://lumberjocks.com/Brit/blog/36332
They’re a lot of fun to make. Have fun.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 at 05:31 AM

Back in June, I took a class on making dovetail saws at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro. Good class, had a lot of fun. The back splines were provided to us in the class. They were solid brass and rather than using folded brass stock, these were solid bar stock with a small kerf curt in them which fit the saw plate perfectly. It was cut with a milling machine. I think a number of tools could be adapted/modified to give the same result. The saw plate is then glued in place when completed using super glue or epoxy.

I also found a couple of websites on the net that showed how to fold brass stock to make splines. One of them showed a very simple method by using a tool from Veritas to make the spline. That tool is here: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?c=&p=32011&cat=1,43456,43407

I would not want to use this method for mass production, but for an occasional saw it’ll work.

Best of luck to you. Making a saw is good fun and like any other tool I made, I enjoy those the best.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 at 08:48 AM

There’s a guy named Ron Bontz who makes great saws and sells kits. I’ll check and see if I still have his email address. I’m lucky enough to have a few of Ron’s saws. He’s a great guy and a real pleasure to talk with.

Okay, here’s Ron’s email: ron.b@empowering.com

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 at 09:11 AM

http://www.bontzsawworks.net/

Cool site Dave, thanks.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 at 07:40 AM

Thanks for the help, gents! hopefully I’ll have a nice looking saw to post sometime in the near future.

-- Power to the people.

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