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Forum topic by ErikF posted 09-10-2013 03:37 AM 1495 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2013 03:37 AM

I have spent the last week cleaning up some old saws and have been bitten by the saw bug. I would like to try my hand at building a couple from scratch but am having a problem finding any details on making spines or finding a place online that sells them. I did come across the Wenzloff website but they don’t have any in stock. I was thinking of contacting a local machine shop to see what they could make for me.

Has anybody here built their own saws? If so, I am really looking for someone with the know how and the willingness to answer questions here and there.



-- Power to the people.

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 04:40 AM

DHS was very helpful when I built my saws. Thanks
again DHS.

Brits blogs are indispensable:
They’re a lot of fun to make. Have fun.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 12:31 PM

Back in June, I took a class on making dovetail saws at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro. Good class, had a lot of fun. The back splines were provided to us in the class. They were solid brass and rather than using folded brass stock, these were solid bar stock with a small kerf curt in them which fit the saw plate perfectly. It was cut with a milling machine. I think a number of tools could be adapted/modified to give the same result. The saw plate is then glued in place when completed using super glue or epoxy.

I also found a couple of websites on the net that showed how to fold brass stock to make splines. One of them showed a very simple method by using a tool from Veritas to make the spline. That tool is here:,43456,43407

I would not want to use this method for mass production, but for an occasional saw it’ll work.

Best of luck to you. Making a saw is good fun and like any other tool I made, I enjoy those the best.

-- Mike

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 03:48 PM

There’s a guy named Ron Bontz who makes great saws and sells kits. I’ll check and see if I still have his email address. I’m lucky enough to have a few of Ron’s saws. He’s a great guy and a real pleasure to talk with.

Okay, here’s Ron’s email: [email protected]

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 04:11 PM

Cool site Dave, thanks.

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 02:40 PM

Thanks for the help, gents! hopefully I’ll have a nice looking saw to post sometime in the near future.

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