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Frame Saw Blades Available at Blackburn Tools



Check it out - this is old news, but Isaac has frame saw blades available on his web site:

His work is excellent, and I highly recommend everything he offers.  This is a good thing for all of you that have wanted to build one of these.  Also offered are high quality saw parts:

The Norsk Skottbenk Union

Hi everyone!

I'm poking my head out of the rabbit hole just to send out notice of a new blog I've added to the Norse Woodsmith aggregator, called the Norsk Skottbenk Union

A "skottbenk" is an interesting bench/wood holding design (image courtesy of Norsk Skottbenk Union):

Dennis Laney had mentioned it in his blog earlier this month, and Roald Renmælmo, the owner of the blog, contacted me about adding it just this morning.   Being this is the "Norse" Woodsmith site, it seemed a great fit.

Much of it is in Norwegian, but Roald has added some english translations.  He voiced surpise that there would be interest in such woodworking in other parts of the world, but I've found quite the opposite - I think the global reach of the internet brings the most fascinating things to your doorstep, and this is one.   I personally know several who work in timber framing that would love to have one of these at the ready.




DIY Saw Parts From TGIAG

A while back, Dom of Two Guys in a Garage (TGIAG) sent me a couple of prototype steel folded backs for my review, which can be seen at this link: 

They were good - not perfect, but good.  I did end up making a couple saws from the backs they sent:

Well, good news for all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who have been itching to make your own saw, but have backed away because bending or slotting a back was beyond what you wanted to do ...  They have just made folded backs available for purchase on their web site.

Not only that - but what they are selling is substantially improved from what they sent me.  The profile they are bending is more like the classic profile used during the golden era of hand saws, if not identical to it.  And - available in both brass and steel.

They also have split nuts and pre-toothed saw plates available. All reasonably priced besides!  I recommend these guys completely.

Check it out! 

Folded Backs and Two Guys In A Garage

Two Guys In A Garage Tool Works is a pair of guys who happened upon a supply of spring steel scraps and, being woodworkers who loved hand tools, they hated to see the “scraps” going to waste - came upon the idea of re-purposing the steel into usable tools for the hand-tool crowd.  Card scrapers, specifically...  

As time has gone on, they've branched out into supplying spring steel plates for those who want to make their own hand saws, first supplying plates for stair saws then later expanding to larger saws and also saw-tooth pattern plates. Their plates come now with teeth pre-punched in a wide range of PPI and are ready for sharpening and setting.

I've linked to their web site before - Dom maintains an excellent library of saw handle templates online free for everyone to use.  I see they have also added brass split nuts and screws to their list of available products, which means they are only lacking one thing for all of the metal parts of a saw - the back!

It would seem they are now ready to remedy that.  Recently I was fortunate enough to be on a list of folks sent prototypes of their folded backs to evaluate and provide feedback. I am honored they would choose me as one to look at them. Here's what arrived:

Two of their prototype backs, and two 3" x 12" dovetail saw plates.  The sawplates have teeth stamped out at 13 PPI ready for sharpening and setting.  The teeth are wholly consistent, straight, and with a good rake angle for getting you started,

Using one of Dom's templates, a pair of their split nuts, some wood and one of their handle templates (or make your own) you have everything you need to make your own backsaw.  

A Cool Idea



I just noticed a cool thing being done with a bench hook.

One of the handiest tools to have in a hand tool shop is a bench hook..  In its simplest form, it serves as just a backstop to hold a piece while sawing or otherwise working on it.  There's a fence on each side, one to hold against the bench and the other to hold the material being worked on.  It's a simple tool, a fence, one easily constructed from scraps in the shop.  Indeed, over the years I have constructed many - none really worthy of showing here, and the last I had was long ago used up as material in another project (something that seems to happen to the jigs in my shop all the time...).

For a great deal of the work one does, it doesn't have to be anymore than that.

A few days ago, the latest Evenfall Woodworks blog entry went through the old Norsewoodsmith aggregator caught my attention.  He is showing off his latest offering, a bench hook.  I know, I know - but here was a real cool idea - a new twist on a simple tool.


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