Backsaw Project #1: Getting Some Special Wood

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Blog entry by pastorglen posted 01-27-2011 03:02 PM 1347 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to build another backsaw. (Here’s a picture of my first backsaw project.) The saw that I wanted to duplicate is a Disston No. 77 that was my grandfather’s and perhaps even my great grandfather’s. My dad told me about it one day when I was tossing around the idea of a backsaw project. He said that my grandpa kept the Disston No. 77 (you’ll love this) in the barn to remove horns from the cows. It made me sick. I was sure the saw was lost by now, but as it turns out, my brother has the saw as a reminder of grandpa. He was gracious enough to let me borrow it and take some measurements.

The first thing I did was ordered the wood. The original handle has a good layer of gunk on it, but you can still see there is some curl. Most research I’ve done says the handles of this era were made of apple wood, but since I don’t have any available, I decided that some nice curly maple would work. I contacted Paul at and ordered 5 end pieces. I explained what I was making and looking for. The package arrived by FedEx and is absolutely beautiful.

figure out which piece has a handle in it.

Pictures to follow. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 04:08 PM

I did a bunch of reading up on your last blog about making these. I know you definitely have my interest up. Between you and saws and Mads with his hand planes…. Well, I can wait to add some of my own shop made tools to my collection….

Keep us posted.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 06:06 PM

The first back saw I ever saw was in a barn and used to tip the horns on milk cows. They work great and the fine teeth close off the blood vessels better than a coarse toothed saw. I later learned that they work well on wood.Good project.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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