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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:

http://norsewoodsmith.com/node/382 

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!

http://www.tgiag.com/index.html 

Understanding Saw File Sizes

Files are sized by length and by their thickness (shorter files are naturally thinner to start with). Then, there is a variety of sizes available in each length... This is what follows after the length, e.g. a 6" 'Slim Taper'.

The common size tapered saw files you will find are 4" through 8" long, and are listed as (in order from widest to narrowest):

Saw Filing Templates

Something I am always asked for are the saw filing templates in PDF form that I made for my backsaw project.  They're the ones that are just lines on a page showing an angle to file a saw at or lines showing ppi to aid in cutting new teeth, like in this shot:

There were a few sizes missing - I made some additional templates to cover more sizes and angles, hopefully these will help you out.

I've compiled them all into one document and put them here:

Saw filing templates

They are all in PDF format - if you plot them without scaling them to fit the page (no scaling, in other words), they should print to scale properly.

EDIT:  For those daring types, here's a pair of progressive pitch templates, one for 6 ppi - 9 ppi Toe to Heel on a 9" (22.86cm) blade similar to Lie-Nielsen and another that is 7 – 13 PPI over 14” similar to their progressive-pitch filed tenon saw...

Progressive Saw Filing Templates

Have fun filing!

Leif

Finding Files and Other Saw Sharpening Tips

I've been getting a few questions lately on saw files - what to get, and where to get them, mostly.  Here's some highlights from those correspondences that others might find useful.

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