20-inch Panel Saw

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Project by AgentTwitch posted 02-06-2018 05:01 PM 2161 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a little while since I have posted a project, so here is a recently completed saw build. 20-inch panel saw, filed cross cut, with a curly maple handle patterned after a Disston D-7 panel saw.

I have wanted a Lie-Nielsen panel saw for some time (actually a pair of them in rip and cross cut configurations) to live in my non-existent tool chest that I hope to someday build. They are beautiful, and like all of Lie-Nielsen’s products, they are very well made and reasonable for the precision and warranty they offer. I have no reservations buying a quality tool like LN, I just dont have the money to do it right now.

The inspiration:

I ended up building my own saw using a much less expensive 26-inch handsaw from GreatNeck for its saw plate and saw bolts.

The donor:

Some pics along the way:

Here is what we have, a panel saw with a curly maple handle for about $28 and shop materials.

Anyway, I blogged about this in my saw making blog series. For more information on the build, consider taking a look at it over here: “Saw Making #7: Panel Saw from a Great Neck 26 Saw

Believe it or not, I do build other things besides tools, lol. I just NEVER think to take a picture of it before it’s completed and out the door.

Thanks for looking!

-- Regards, Norm

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 05:51 PM

Nice work Norm. That’s a nice looking saw and a gorgeous tote!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 06:08 PM

Very Nice, sort of doing the same thing with a crown gents saw, making a Dovetail saw. Just got to figure out the sharpening part?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 11:41 PM

You can do it, Andre! Thank you gents for the feedback.

-- Regards, Norm

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 04:23 AM

Wow. Hard to believe what it was. Nicely done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 03:49 PM

What a beaut, Norm!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 04:20 PM

Very nice indeed!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 04:30 PM

Thanks all, its been fun trying to build saws using cheaper parts.

-- Regards, Norm

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#8 posted 02-08-2018 12:47 AM

She’s a beauty! Great job!

-- AJ

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#9 posted 02-10-2018 12:50 AM

Just beautiful !!! What did you finish it with to bring out that awesome grain pattern?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 02-11-2018 04:11 PM

Wow. What a beautiful saw. I have a D8 and I love how the handle feels. Great job!

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