9" Vintage Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 11-15-2014 05:59 PM 2311 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for a quick project before I spend some shop time working on the dovetail tool swap. Looking around the shop I found that I have plenty of 5/4 hard maple lumber, a piece of ¼ inch thick brass with a less than centered groove (my first attempt at cutting a slot for my previous saw), and a blue-steel drywall knife that was begging me to cut it up. So naturally I thought it would be kind of cool to make another dovetail saw that didn’t have to be pretty.

I really like the look of antique Windsor chairs, so that is the finish effect I went for. Since the drywall knife already had water stains on it and the brass was scratched, I aged a few of my split saw nuts to match the look. I rubbed out the finish with oil and it feels rather nice to grip. The teeth are filed to 15 ppi and added a light set. It cuts beautifully and leaves a smooth finish. Only time will tell if the dry wall knife will hold the same edge as the saw plates purchased from other saw makers.

Thanks for looking.

-- Regards, Norm

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#1 posted 11-15-2014 06:25 PM

Norm, that’s spectacular. The lines of the handle are classic, and the finish you applied looks like ebony. I believe drywall knives are the same 1095 steel used for saws, so that should work well. Good job all around.

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

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#2 posted 11-15-2014 06:36 PM

Beautiful! I’ll be keeping an eye out for a neglected drywall knife…

-- Power to the people.

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#3 posted 11-15-2014 07:22 PM

I admit, I had to look up a dry wall knife. Wow, Norm! You, sir, are a magician. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 11-15-2014 07:37 PM

Bob, I thought I read that the blades are high carbon spring steel somewhere online. It is .020” ththicwhich was good.

Erik and Candy, thanks. It’s a cheap source for steel. I thing it was $7 for a 12” drywall knife

-- Regards, Norm

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#5 posted 11-15-2014 08:05 PM

That is a classy looking saw. I love the handle.

-- "MOM! I think there's something under our house! I'm gonna need a jackhammer, a fish bowl, some air tanks, and maybe a few pipes."

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#6 posted 11-15-2014 11:03 PM

Beautiful saw Norm keep doing the good work!

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#7 posted 11-16-2014 02:55 AM

Thanks Wolfdaddy and Waho, I think that its great that so many resources are available for making saws today. Especially the handle patterns and brass parts.

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 11-16-2014 04:11 PM

Looks good, Norm!
That tote is a classic…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#9 posted 11-17-2014 05:48 AM

Jeepers that’s a beautiful tool! Nice job.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 11-18-2014 09:10 PM

Definitely rags to riches there. Nicely done!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#11 posted 12-04-2014 08:10 PM

Thanks, Terry, Red, and John. I do appreciate the feedback. It was a fun exercise to get me thinking about the tool swap.

-- Regards, Norm

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