staircase saw

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Project by exit116 posted 11-27-2013 01:38 AM 1573 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a saw that came with one of those yellow miter boxes. I had not used it in a few years and nobody I knew wonted it. (Someone needs to come up with a tool exchange for people just starting out) I don’t feel right throwing things away.

I needed to make a few dadoes and wanted to try to do it by hand so the first version of this was just two holes drilled into the saw with a wood runner, the thinker the runner the less shallow the cut. This worked better than I thought it would, although it might be better to just make it adjustable but I’m not that good and thinking that far ahead.

Well I never carved anything before as you can tell by the fact I missed most of my lines and forgot to stop a few times. Besides the handle on the old saw was horrible, and why not try something new.

I elongated the holes so if you push the blade all the way up it will cut a dado for ½” wood and if you pull the blade all the way down it is for what they call ¾” ply. Funny how in a business so hell bent on precise measurements the folks at lumber mills can’t seem to read a ruler. I wonder if I should start cutting 25% off the bill?
Anyway, I hope you like it and if not I hope it gets you wheels turning.

Pay no mind to the hardware I just haven’t found the right thing yet.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to make it better I would love to hear it.

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 02:58 AM

Very creative on the design and the carving! How fine are the teeth filed on the saw? I have an old Disston stair saw with (maybe) an 8TPI or so, way aggressive for actual use the way I’d like to. I still love the idea of using it for dadoes but need a different blade, I think.

Anyway, love what you did. Nice work, thanks for posting!

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 01:34 PM

Very nice design, looks like a antique tool .

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 05:33 PM

thank you for the comments, and to smitty I would get a finer blade as well, I think the saw had 12tpi or 10tpi on it but finding a saw to use maybe hard, good luck

-- Money: if you do not have fun earning it, have fun spending it, I do not enjoy spending it so I have fun earning it.

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