Wood Backed BackSaw

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Project by bearkatwood posted 04-26-2016 07:15 PM 8424 views 18 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making backsaws last year and love doing it. I was inpatient and made the backs form mine out of wood. I have used them in creating my cabinet and bench and they are a joy to use. Recently I made a video about how I make them.

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Since the wood backed ones I have been making saws with brass backs and they turned out even nicer.

Here are a few currently under construction.

Thanks for reading.

-- Brian Noel

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 04-26-2016 08:03 PM

Nice looking saws, Brian. How do you set the “hangle” (hang angle)?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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James Wright

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#2 posted 04-26-2016 08:05 PM

So Stinking hot! I have been wanting to make my own panel saws. might have to bump them up the list now. lofe the inspiration on those handles!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#3 posted 04-26-2016 08:06 PM

Beautiful saws ! That’s a fine job, the handles look great. I don’t see where wood spines would make any difference to the cuts. Thanks for sharing these beauty’s.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#4 posted 04-26-2016 08:08 PM

Wow! Those handles are extraordinary. You are realy into it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 04-26-2016 09:58 PM

Fascinating pieces! My shopmade backsaw looks boring by comparison.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#6 posted 04-26-2016 10:00 PM

Awesome. I love the different woods.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#7 posted 04-26-2016 11:59 PM

Look great! Beautiful!!!

-- If it's worth building, it's worth OVER building.

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#8 posted 04-27-2016 12:57 AM

Very, very impressive saws. Nice eye candy.

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#9 posted 04-27-2016 01:01 AM

Nice looking saws, Brian. How do you set the “hangle” (hang angle)?

- Don Broussard

The way I do it is probably not the “correct” way and it definitely isn’t scientific. I use the blackburn templates for some of the handles, but I take licence with them. It is a good place to start. On the ones I design I slot the handle for the blade and test it for feel and if it needs to be tweaked up or down I file the butt end of the blade on the top or bottom to change the angle, then test it again. When it feels right in my hand I drill for the bolts.

Thanks all!

-- Brian Noel

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#10 posted 04-27-2016 02:32 AM

Your handles are stunning! No one out there is doing what you do. I need to make several saw handles, I’m not gonna copy yours but you’ve opened up my eyes for mucho creative license.

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#11 posted 04-27-2016 03:08 AM

Brian I’m not sure which is more polished. Your backsaw blades or your videos. Love watching the videos so keep ‘em coming. I also like ogling the saws too. Great work on both counts!

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#12 posted 04-27-2016 04:58 AM

Those are insane…awesome..

The handle with the carving and the background texture is brilliant..Is that a checkering type texture on that one ? hard to see..

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#13 posted 04-27-2016 10:23 AM

OMG WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! stunning handles!!!!!

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#14 posted 04-27-2016 11:00 AM

Out standing projects and looks so steam punk.
I’ve played with some shapes for my push sticks in a like manner but they get used up need to build some more adding some of you and blackburns flare to them, and a saw would be fun too me thinks.
Fun projects.

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#15 posted 04-27-2016 01:48 PM

Who sez, tools can’t be art? Poppycock! Lovely work, man.

-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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