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Blog series by Johnnyblot updated 08-10-2012 05:59 PM 6 parts 15292 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Saw Handle Remodelling. AKA, The 'Brit' Method.

03-17-2012 10:23 AM by Johnnyblot | 2 comments »

Hi folksI recently acquired a cheap 14” Brass Backed Tenon Saw off eBay. A non descript saw marked Thos. Bloor, Leicester. The handle was comfortable enough, but I thought why not do a ‘Brit job’ on it?So out came the thick black permanent marker. ( not the best idea with hindsight) and on with the design details. I basically wanted it to look more traditional, with the vintage details. (see Brits Saw Talk blog) like the one I already have. Some of the ...

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Part 2: More photo's of the re-vamping of a 14" Tenon Saw Handle. aka the 'Brit Method'.

03-21-2012 08:08 PM by Johnnyblot | 3 comments »

A few more photo’s in the handle re-modelling saga. A bit more ‘Fettling and Fiddling’, re-shaping the lamb’s tongue- A bit more filing and sanding Wetting the surface with water to raise the grain- When dry more fine sanding and out with the Danish Oil Now all I need is to sort the sawplate out! Before Photo- The original scruffy handlle… ...and after

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Part 3: Another Tenon Saw gets the treatment

03-21-2012 08:38 PM by Johnnyblot | 2 comments »

I recently picked up a couple pf new saws from a ‘Car Boot’ sale for £2.00, £1.00 each The big one is a ‘no-name’ 24” rip tooth 5ppi. It is surprisingly free of rust and no pitting. It is also straight. The Tenon Saw is a ‘Brass Backed’ Spear & Jackson 12”, 16ppi, fitted with the patented ‘Non Break Handle’. This is the second S&J I have with this kind of handle. Basically it has a rod running through the handle gri...

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Part 4: The Non Break Handle- a tale of two Spear & Jackson saws

03-30-2012 10:22 PM by Johnnyblot | 4 comments »

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 sa...

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Part 5: The 10" Spear & Jackson Brass Backed Tenon Saw.

08-10-2012 05:01 PM by Johnnyblot | 7 comments »

After quite a long break I finally got around to finishing off this little S&J saw.Professionally resharpened to 13ppi Cross cut. Before: - The tote was re-modelled -not much- to give it a more traditional ‘Lambs Tongue’ After: - They are nice little saws these Spear & Jacksons. :-) CheersJohn.

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Part 6: 14" Spear & Jackson Steel Backed Tenon Saw

08-10-2012 05:59 PM by Johnnyblot | 6 comments »

This is what it looked like shortly after I bought it at a car boot fair- after a little rubbing and cleaning to see what I was dealing with? Luckily there was not a lot of rust and almost no pitting to the saw plate. The only major issue for me was the ugly tote! The tote is obviously a much later example- I’m guessing probably 1970’s era. This was when cost cutting measures and design aesthetics would result in a [shall we say] a much simpler yet still usable handle.Howe...

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