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I've seen a few of these here and have needed a dovetail saw. A GC from amazon for Christmas covered the gent saw and I cut then handle from a piece of walnut (fun fact: this was an off cut from the very first piece of lumber I ever bought). The pattern is from Two Guys in a Garage and is a Moses Eadon handle. Saw cuts remarkably well for the cheapest saw online. Saw nuts are a pair of Chicago bolts from LV. I sanded off the slot on one side The head is a bit thin but seems to be working. Comments and critiques welcome. Thanks for looking.

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Smart idea. I might have to try that. Very nice.
 

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That's a great looking saw.
 

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Thanks gentlemen.
 

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Looks great! You picked a lovely piece of curly walnut for the handle.
 

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Great job, I too am in the same process, handle is shaped just need to pick up the brass bolts.
 

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Very nice indeed.
 

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It would appear you've made a silk purse from a sow's ear.

I agree those low cost Gent saws offer a good cutting blade, and the thinner kerfs allow the tooth geometry to work, add a harder working handle to that mix and you need to have the saw blade to have a back, lest you fold it in half.

Nice job.
 

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Thanks everyone -

SteveN - the back is definitely the weak point on this particular saw. It is made from very thin and light metal. The saw is almost weightless and I prefer some heft. Maybe I'll replace the spine at a later date.
 
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