Saw Points #4: The Non Break Handle- a tale of two Spear & Jackson saws

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Blog entry by Johnnyblot posted 03-30-2012 10:22 PM 3887 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Another Tenon Saw gets the treatment Part 4 of Saw Points series Part 5: The 10" Spear & Jackson Brass Backed Tenon Saw. »

The latest ‘messing about’ in the workshop has been on two handles for two Spear & Jackson saws. The first saw handle to be ‘re-modelled’ belongs to the 10” S&J Brass Backed Tenon saw I mentioned in the previous blog entry, [mistakenly as a 12”]

and my 8” ‘Steel Backed’ S&J Dovetail saw, 20ppi. The 8” Dovetail handle has 3 saw nuts, but only on the left hand side. The third screws into the steel back!

Both saws are fitted with the S&J patented ‘NON BREAK HANDLE’ -

Woodwork, Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

The handle on the left has been re-worked- but not much. This is because the non break feature gets in the way. So I opted to simple give it a nice ‘Lambs Tongue’ and a general clean up. The same goes for the handle on the right.

The next photo shows the non break feature on the top of the handle-

and at the bottom of the handle-

The saw plate has had a bit of a clean up to show the etch & stamping up better.

The Dovetail saw handle being marked out for the Lambs Tongue re-shaping procedure!

-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 04:50 AM

Two very nice little saws and nice Refurb job.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 03-31-2012 10:25 AM

Nice work John. I like the Lamb’s tongue detail. It was a good feature that S&J added with the screw that threads directly into the spine. That really helps to keep it rigid.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 05:29 PM

Delighted to see you saving these lovely old saws. There is something unique and seductive about old English tools, machinery, and rifles/shotguns. (I confess to being in awe of Farquarson, Deeley and Edge, Webly, Martini, and Fraser single shot falling block rifles) I’m not sure precisely what this quality is, but it has to do with the design of things in steel and iron and wood that is easily recognizable as English. (Or, in the case of Daniel Fraser’s rifles, Scottish) Sturdy, purposeful, yet carefully designed. Worth saving… and admiring.

Nice work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 04-15-2012 08:06 PM

Hi Roger
Thank you for your kind comments. I confess that I probably only know which way to point the shotguns you mention- but the sentiment is the same. I look for good design in anything and everything. I don’t know if I’m just getting older or just tired of this ‘throw it away’ society that we live in that I take pleasure in tools, techniques and skills that according to popular belief have no place in the modern world?


-- Gossamer shavings just floating around the back yard….-Bandit

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