Shaping a replacement dovetail saw plate

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Forum topic by Brett posted 05-21-2015 11:27 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2015 11:27 PM

I have an old brass-backed dovetail saw with a good handle and spine, but a saw plate that is badly pitted. If I buy a replacement saw plate, how can I shape the new saw plate to match the profile of the old one? I don’t want to burn the steel with a grinder or warp it while cutting it. Thanks.

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#1 posted 05-21-2015 11:31 PM

Have you checked this site out?

For shaping I would suggest a good pair of metal shears (not the cheap kind that bend the metal all over the place) and some files. I have built a few backsaws and always just keep the plate a rectangle and shaped the handle and back to fit but I guess if you are reusing those parts you might have to do some adjusting of the plate.

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