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Adding Teeth

Something that I've never found much information on is cutting new teeth on saws.  Most will tell you that you either need a machine, or to take it to someone who has a machine to cut new teeth - I'm here to tell you it ain't so.  I've made teeth - from scratch - on dozens of saws without the use of an expensive machine...  and it's not that hard to do.

Bending Brass for the Backs


Now I have the steel and brass cut to to rough size:

It time to get to it - and start making some saws!

OK - not quite yet.  There's one more step I must complete before I can actually start making saws.  I need a way to make the initial bend of the back.

Jonathan's "Saw Chops"

The following dialogue is taken from portions of  email conversations I had with fellow woodworker Jonathan Skipsey, whom I've corresponded with regularly for quite a while now.  These particular quotes are in relation to a discussion we carried on concerning saw vises - Jonathan had seen field built vises and was considering making one for himself.  I thought it might be of help to others, so asked if I could add it here.

Tanged Chisel Handles

Depending on what stock I have on hand, I sometimes turn 2 handles at once.  This can be more difficult to do - the long stock can tend to vibrate more in the lathe, making it more difficult to get it smooth, at least in my experience.  But the benefit is in increased output - and I had a piece of 15" long ash that was dying to be made into handles, so...


Adding Some Detail - Chip Carving

Here's what I have after the primary shaping of the handle is completed.  It's pretty bland, and would make for a very boring tool, though it is quite useable without any adornment.  I wanted to dress it up, though, and the standard for dressing up saw handles in the past was the addition of some chip carving that vaguely resembles a stalk of wheat - which is a fairly simple application of chip carving and one that can greatly enhance the appearance of these handles.  Besides, I needed one more operation that gave me another chance to screw something up!


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