Dovetail Saw from Gent Saw and firewood

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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 03-29-2018 05:36 AM 2206 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up an old Disston 68 saw at a garage sale a couple weeks ago for $5. It is considered a dovetail saw but has a gent style handle. There is currently a firewood challenge on Reddit r/woodworking, so I thought I would try modifying the saw to have a pistol grip handle.

I found some firewood (I think it is Silky Oak) and milled it to size, printed out a template from Blackburn tools and started removing wood. It took a lot longer than I expected and I ended up using quite a number of tools (bandsaw, jointer, table saw, drill press, sanders, dovetail saw, chisels, files, and lots of sanding) to get the wood down to the right shape and size . I finished it wish Danish oil and paste wax, drilled some holes in the plate, and put it together.

Along the way I made a small chisel out of the same wood and a 1/8” drill bit to chisel out the slot for the blade. Afterwards, I made a marking knife from the same wood and an old reciprocating saw blade.

Fun project but I am glad it is done. Now time to make some dovetails!

Here is a link to some more details of the build:

-- Steven, California,

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-29-2018 10:14 AM

Very nice! I did the same with an old Stanley Gent saw.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 03-29-2018 10:32 AM

Nice saw! And some pretty firewood you found, too!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-29-2018 03:44 PM

Firewood never looked so good! My Gent Saw could use some love and attention now too.

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#4 posted 03-29-2018 05:24 PM

Great wood rescue and a nice tool too.

Good Job!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 03-29-2018 05:26 PM

Nice saw, did the same with a Crown gents saw, made 2 handles(Walnut) so now going to find a another blade a try a different angle? I also went with a basically flat angle compared to the most Dove Tail saws and find it works
very well on the Moxon Vise.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-29-2018 05:37 PM

Super nice. Makes me turn green.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#7 posted 03-29-2018 08:24 PM

You did a beautiful job on this saw. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-29-2018 11:57 PM

Very Nice Work Steven & Well Done! Thanks For Posting!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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