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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! 

An early pair of Norse Woodsmith saws for sale


I see there is an early pair of Norse Woodsmith saws for sale on ebay (thanks for pointing them out to me, Marv!).  I am not the one selling them, the original owner is..

These were one of the first sets I ever made, you can tell by the hand-stamped logo:

Thickness Caliper

I don't know, maybe these are as common as dirt and I'm just blissfully ignorant, but I've not seen one like this before, and thought it was interesting enough to post here.

My brother showed up yesterday and gave me this tool, asking if I what it was.  I knew what it was for almost immediately, as there could only be one use for it.  It is from the estate of a local custom knife maker here in Idaho, but that's not the original trade it was made for...



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