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This is the saw I made for Saw Swap 2014. The recipient was Norm (Agent Twitch) in Gardiner, ME.



The saw was patterned after the Disston No. 8 half-back, with a few obvious modifications.



The handle or tote is made from West Indian Satinwood. For a finish, I first dyed the handle black to bring out the grain. After sanding the black off, it received a coat of red oak stain. The final finish was several coats of satin wipe-on poly, followed by a light buff with 0000 steel wool, and a coat of paste wax.



The split-nut screws are hand made from 1/2" brass rod and 8-32 brass threaded rod.



I made the half back in my shop by folding a piece of 3/32" brass plate. The laser engraving of my logo was done by a friend who lives near me.



The steel plate is made from a re-purposed hand saw. As such, it has a few minor imperfections (a few specs of shallow pitting). I chose to use this rather than new steel so that the plate would be taper ground. A taper ground plate requires less set and cuts easier.



Here are a few more pics of the saw. It was fun to make, and I hope Norm enjoys using it for a long time to come.





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Fantastic work!
 

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Beautiful work, Bob! I love that it takes design cues from the classic Disston, but still retains a style all its own.

Am I correct in assuming it's set up as a crosscut saw?
 

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That took some time! Any idea how much?

Very nice work!
 

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Yes, Jay, 10.5 ppi crosscut.
 

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That's it, im heading to Maine to give that saw a hug in person. Gorgeous Bob, simply gorgeous.
 

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Yowzer Bob. You are a fine craftsman….but I think we already knew that;-)
 

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Absolutely awesome craftsmanship, Norm is a lucky guy!!
 

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Beautiful, you did a Great job. It is an extraordinary saw.
 

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Bob, am I correct in that this is your first attempt at making a whole saw? This is unbelievable to me. Every detail fits together so well. One of the finest saws I've every seen.
 

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Words can't describe the beauty of this saw Bob. I'll take 3.
 

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Thanks guys. I enjoy incorporating my artistic side into projects.

Todd, I made this backsaw starting only with a vintage brass back. So I guess you could say the half back is equivalent since I started with an old handsaw blade. I intend to be making saws from scratch this winter though.

 

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That is so cool Bob. Incredible work.
 

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Very impressive, Bob!

A beautiful blend of old and new! The brass back is superb!
 

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Wow, that is an amazing looking saw. You hit a home run on that one.
 

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Its a humbling experience looking at your work Bob. You've set the bar high my friend. Fantastic work. I can't wait to see the saws you produce from scratch.
 

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Dang!
 

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Outstanding! The tote looks amazing. Well done.
 

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One of the prettiest saws I've ever seen. Amazing.
 
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