Hand saw blade protection guard of wood.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-27-2011 10:22 PM 16597 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hand saw blade protection guard of wood.
Because we should care for our beautiful old tools…

This project is a no rocket science, right out the alley just do it project! So there are no excuse!

I was lucky to get this wonderful old saw from France, the carpenter who sold it to me even had taken the time to sharpen it, so the saw stands sharp as if was right out of the toolmaker when it was once born, and also he had oiled it up and wrapped it in paper, there were so much love with this saw.
I will guess it is a handmade tool from a little saw maker somewhere in France probably Paris since it was where I bought it from. I paid five dollar for this and was almost ashamed when I found out he had even sharpened it.
In return I will take care of it, and this I start in this blog.

As usual we start with love, old tools, and some recycle – the love comes from the saws old owner, the tool is the saw and the recycle is a piece of hardwood from a old parasol found in the street – ohhh yes and my love of course also.
It can be any wood and the dimension a matter of taste.
Start by setting your table saw to make a cut of app. three fourth of the height of it.

And run it through so you create a slice in it.

Drill a hole in the center that doesn’t penetrate the slice but just the wood.

Add details, carvings or whatever you like.

Put a piece of string through the hole, and bind a knob.

And perhaps do the same in the front!
(I did this after to be able to hang it on my work shop wall).

And this is what you get.

Who will not be proud to have it hanging on his workshop wall?

What can I say!

Yes I am a lucky man.

Who will not love to arrive with a saw like this in his toolbox?

Here a link for a more ‘modern’ version I made for my Vritas dovetail saw:

Thank you to our friend Wayne for being curious and always open minded, this blog is for you.

By posting this, I hope to inspire others to care and show respect for old beautiful tool, to let this piece of history go on to generations after us, and enjoy as we have the chance to play.

Best thoughts from my vintage heart,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 05-27-2011 10:31 PM

Very nice Mads. Thanks for writing it up. I had a vision of leather in my mind. This is a great approach and one that I have the skills for.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 05-27-2011 10:34 PM

Hi Mads,
I am intrigued by the front horn on your saw. Does it serve a particular function ? Is it a specialty saw ?

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#3 posted 05-27-2011 10:35 PM

Very nice blade guard Mafe! I wonder what the little curlicue is for at the tip of the saw? Is it for decoration or does it serve a sinister purpose! I need to get started on making my planes, I don’t want to fall behind. (heh heh heh) Your blogs are truly wonderful., I wish I had the forethought to document things as I make them.
Best wishes,

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#4 posted 05-27-2011 11:06 PM

Very nice tutorial. I would sharpen the horn and use it as a scribing knife.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Paul Sellers

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#5 posted 05-28-2011 12:15 AM

The curlycue is for the left hand thumb and forefinger to create pull-tension in the saw as the saw cuts on the forward stroke as it’s pushed and pulled into the cutting stroke. It serves similarly to the pull stroke saws we see from Japan but instead of only pulling, it’s pulling with the less dominant hand and pushing with the other at the same time. That way you can use a thinner blade without having the limitation of the stiff back as with British tenon (back US) saws.

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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#6 posted 05-28-2011 04:40 PM

Ok I admit I spend too much tiime on LJ.
Just saw this was my blog no 100, that means one every 5 days app…
Big smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 05-28-2011 07:25 PM

Great saw, I’ll have to make one of those if I can’t find one. Always a good idea to protect tools. I learned a bit of that lesson when my studio roof “rained” off the ceiling and flooded my 3rd floor studio. Everything un-protected started to rust in only a few hours. It was one of the most stressful moments of my life, I cried and screamed as my assistant and I ran around trying to save as much as I could. Now everything I have either has a cover, been polished, or wooden protection … and all my benches are made to move on locking wheels… even out the door if needed. (The owner fixed the roof last fall.)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#8 posted 05-28-2011 07:29 PM

Re saw guards:
As a boy, the men I worked with showed me to use the saw itself to make the guard. The wood size was 13mm x 20mm Place the guard wood in the vise, about 25mm (1”) or so below the level of the wooden vise jaws, then,starting at one end, use the saw to cut down the length of the wood, working backwards along the length. The guard wood should be below the wooden vise jaws creates a fence. Use a piece of scrap 6mm (1/4”) plywood (or similar) to run against the vise jaw. This scrap ply rubs with the saw and keeps the saw parallel to the edge of the guard wood as you work down and along the length to about 12mm, (1/2”).

-- Paul Sellers, UK

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#9 posted 05-29-2011 09:39 AM

niice bladegard to a beautyfull saw Mads :-)

take care

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#10 posted 05-29-2011 11:47 AM

EPJ; my ohh, what a story, that must have been like a bad dream, but glad all seems to be back in place, accidents like that are out of our hands, so we just need to move on then.
Thank you Dennis.
Paul, thank you for the info, I do admit it was due to lazynes that I used the table saw.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 05-31-2011 03:42 PM

Hi Mads, I have a confession, I inherited an old saw and I put it somewhere in the garage, thinking, I wont be using it because it has some rust on it and perhaps it doesnt have much use any more. I feel very guilty about this, I will find it, clean it up and see if the blade needs sharpening and then I will make a guard for it.

Thank you for sharing and reminding me to care for the old tools.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#12 posted 05-31-2011 05:54 PM

Cher you are wonderful!
Yes you have to do this, all of a sudden I’m sure it will be your favorite saw.
I still have to get to the sharpening phase, but I keep having other project calling me now.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 05-31-2011 06:19 PM

Hello Mads, you have me laughing here.. so I dont have to feel guilty any more? I must admit too, power tools are quicker and time is always running out on me…. I saw a band saw blade being sharpened with a Dremel on youtube. I will be on the look out for your sharpening phase.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#14 posted 05-31-2011 07:22 PM

Mafe, for keeping electric cords wound up, I use Velcro from the dress makers shop. It comes in rolls from 150mm wide and up. It looks like tape but has the fuzz on one side and the hooks on the other. If you staple a piece in the center of the blade protector, you will never loose it.
If needed I can show a picture. It comes in various colors in case you want to accessorize. lol Rand

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#15 posted 05-31-2011 07:59 PM

That was a really good idea Rand.
Cher, I just startet to de rust some saws after our words here… Laugh.
Thank you.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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