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Blog series by AgentTwitch updated 01-24-2018 03:29 AM 7 parts 15295 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: A Borg Backsaw

05-07-2016 07:44 PM by AgentTwitch | 7 comments »

I thought it would be interesting to try another inexpensive build and decided to re-purpose one of the Home Depot Husky 14” backsaws that sell for a little less than $9 USD. Here it is in its natural environment. On first inspection, you see that its made in the USA (from global components), but is made from high carbon spring steel, is .032” thick and the plate is not etched. The folded steel back of this is my least favorite part, and I debated slotting a piece of brass,...

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Part 2: Gents Saw Conversion Part 1

05-14-2016 07:12 PM by AgentTwitch | 5 comments »

There has been a lot of interest in building tools from scratch, rehabbing tools that needed some love, or repurposing a tool so that it might have more potential or beauty. I have decided to chronicle a few saw builds in these categories in the hope that it might inspire someone to give it a try that was otherwise too nervous to begin the journey on their own. For this series, I am going to do a write up on re-purposing an inexpensive gents saw into a western style dovetail saw. This idea...

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Part 3: Gents Saw Conversion Part 2

06-23-2016 11:05 PM by AgentTwitch | 3 comments »

Part two of the Gents Saw Conversion series. This may be a bit verbose, so I apologize ahead of time. After all, we are just drilling holes… The next step in the conversion process is drilling holes. A lot of holes. You will need a variety of forstner and twist drill bits to complete these steps. With your template affixed to your stock, use an awl to create reference points on all of the indicated locations, or use the spur on the forstner to create a divot. Apply moderate pr...

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Part 4: Gents Saw Conversion Part 3

06-28-2016 04:03 PM by AgentTwitch | 2 comments »

As we move onto Part 3 of The Gents saw conversion tutorial, we focus on cutting the saw plate and drilling the holes for the split nuts. To help us with this endeavor, we will use Dykem Steel Blue, which is used to help make for easy and accurate layout. While the saw plate is away from the saw back, put some layout fluid on top of the plate where you plan to make cuts and drill holes. Make sure you have the teeth facing the correct direction, or you may end up with a Western s...

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Part 5: Gents Saw Conversion Part 4

10-02-2016 10:42 PM by AgentTwitch | 2 comments »

Finishing the Saw Tote We are nearing the home stretch! Thanks for following along. To recap, we decided to convert a 10” gents saw into a western dovetail saw and selected the pattern and materials in part 1. In part 2 of the series, we bored out lots of holes to shape the tote, cut the tote out on the bandsaw, hogged out the mortise for the saw back and drilled stepped holes for the brass split nut hardware on the drill press. In part 3, we cut the saw spine down, notched the saw plate t...

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Part 6: Gents Saw Conversion Part 5

10-07-2016 10:36 PM by AgentTwitch | 0 comments »

So this blog entry will be pretty short. In truth, creating a saw tote doesn’t take more than half a day in the shop to cut out the wood, shape it and get the first coat of finish on it. This blog seems long, but I did try to cover a lot of the details for those that care about such things. In this final installment of the little gents saw conversion, we install the saw back, line up the saw plate, install the split nuts, give it some test cuts, make a final adjustment or two, oil it...

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Part 7: Panel Saw from a Great Neck 26" Saw

01-24-2018 03:29 AM by AgentTwitch | 3 comments »

This installment is taking an inexpensive handsaw and turning it into a panel saw. I have wanted a Lie-Nielsen panel saw for some time (actually a pair of them in rip and cross cut configurations) to live in my non-existent tool chest that I hope to someday build. They are beautiful, and like all of Lie-Nielsen’s products, they are very well made and reasonable for the precision and warranty they offer. I have no reservations buying a quality tool like LN, I just dont have the money...

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