Introduction and 1st Dove Tail Saw

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Blog entry by Steve_In_MN posted 04-02-2018 12:40 PM 2750 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a new member to the LJ’s community and wanted to introduce myself. I added my background to my profile, so won’t repeat except to say I’m looking forward to participating in this wonderful woodworking community.

My renewed journey with woodworking will be focused on the use of hand tools. Therefore, my first project was to build a Dovetail Saw (photo below). It is not perfect but I’m pleased with how it turned out, since it was my first attempt.

Here are the specs and details of what I did to build this saw.

1) Cut out saw blade blank from roll of .018 inch 1095 Spring Steel
2) Hand-filed saw teeth (12 teeth per inch)
3) Chiseled, hand-filed and sanded Cherry handle (template from Blackburn Tools)
4) Machined two Saw Nuts from 1/2” diameter brass rod
5) Formed blade back from 1/8” x 3/4” Brass strips
6) Assembled, sanded, finished (Linseed Oil)
7) Sharpened and set teeth to approximately .006 inch set (rip cut)

This saw cuts really well and leaves a great kerf (straight, very narrow and little break-out on back side). It gives me a great sense of satisfaction to use tools I made myself.

I used the laminated brass strip approach for the back on this saw, including 3/16 brass rod which I threaded and tapped to secure the strips. It worked fine but my next goal is a home-made sheet metal bender so I can bend brass backs for future saws. So… it poor protocol to mention a sheet metal bender in a LJ’s post? :-)

Again, looking forward to participating in LJs!

-Steve Treat
Maple Grove MN (suburb in Minneapolis area)

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#1 posted 04-02-2018 12:53 PM

Great looking saw, Steve. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#2 posted 04-02-2018 01:57 PM

Nice job on the saw, Steve. Regarding folded brass backs, an inexpensive metal break won’t get the job done. It takes a pretty hefty press to get the brass folded completely. There are at least three sources now selling folded brass backs, including ErikF here on Lumberjocks.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#3 posted 04-02-2018 03:04 PM

Well done and great looking saw.

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#4 posted 04-02-2018 06:55 PM

Very cool

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#5 posted 04-02-2018 07:42 PM

Nice work.

Folding brass backs is a huge pain without the tooling. Slotted backs aren’t that bad either.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 04-03-2018 11:29 AM

Nice work! welcome to LJ!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 04-03-2018 11:16 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.
Your first project and it’s a dovetail saw, very nice by the way. I bet you could make a sheet metal break with your experience. Heck it would make a great blog.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 04-11-2018 02:38 PM

Looks goo. I’m trying to renew my woodworking but with power tools. I admire you guys using hand tools. Maybe with I have more time.

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