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Recycling an Old Hand Saw

COMMENT ADDED 7-08-04 - This was an incredibly fun project to do - I would highly encourage any fan of old saws to tackle making some of their own!  It was so much fun, I've gone and bought myself a whole gaggle of old saws that I can mine for steel and saw nuts....
Note: Notes formatted in this fashion were made later. in hindsight when I had a chance to reflect back on what had gone right or wrong.  I thought it would serve both myself and anyone else reading this better to learn from my mistakes and comment on them, than just to pass over them.  This seems like the easiest way to accomplish that.

Tuning the Plane


Tuning the plane

Now, I had the plane complete - but it wouldn't work worth squat. The iron wouldn't stay in place like it should, and as a result I couldn't get it to work decently at all.  My rushing at the last minute, combined with the euphoria created from winning the battle of Ragnarok with the riding lawn mower had done it's damage.  It was time to do some diagnostics and some tuning.

Making a Veneer Hammer


One of the most basic tools used in veneering is a veneering hammer.  These are used not like a hammer, but more like a squeegee - pressing the veneer down into place using back and forth and zig-zag motions.  These also work best when using traditional hot hide glue, as it is sticky enough to hold down the veneer, where aliphatic resin glues will not always do so.  I won't get into big detail on the process here, but generally you first coat the substrate then the veneer, and press the veneer into place with the hammer. Some methods of hammer veneering also have you coating the top (expose

Riveted Split Nut Screwdrivers and Carving / Marking Knives


Here is a version of a split nut screwdriver appropriate for most classic split nuts, using a thin blade at its core.   Thinner steels are not very well suited when using a tang to hold it in the handle.  A better method for thinner steels is to rivet the two sides of a handle (or scales, as they are known to knife makers and blade smiths) onto each side of a blade that runs its full length, like the wooden scales on a steak knife.

Jasper's Wooden Saw Vise

In the back saw article, I referred to an article on building a saw vise on the Cornish Workshop web site.  That vise, while a very well designed vise, is not useable as shown for backsaws.  It is designed, rather, for larger saws that don't have the back, so is inappropriate for back saws without some significant design changes.


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