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Blog entry by waho6o9 posted 04-29-2013 03:31 PM 5388 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fellow LJer DHS posted a fine project on a home made hand saw,, and that was about
all the inspiration I needed. Thanks for the help and inspirtation DHS!

My goal was to get it done. Point A to B, without worrying about every little
detail and making it perfect. I knew this would be a learning experience and I
wanted to to the best I could and get er done.

That was accomplished and I’m stoked with the first cut the saw made. I’m like yeah buddy.

I will upgrade my saw files, just purchased and Ebay saw set Stanley 42x, and will make a saw holder.

Blue steel 1095 was purchased from McMaster Carr as was the brass for the spine. My friend folded
the brass on a machine and sheared the steel into 5 sections so I can make 4 more saws. McMaster
Carr was wicked quick on the shipping, like scary quick, ordered at 8am and it was on my door step
at 3:30pm, thank you McMaster Carr.

I may send out the next saw for a professional teeth cutting and setting just to have one.
My first saw cuts well, but after several inches, it veers to the right. Oops. No biggie.

I’m glad I tackled this project and pushed my limits to learn and grow my skills.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 01:14 AM

That looks awesome and I’m happy to hear you say, you stepped out of your comfort zone to push your skill set. Thats how you grow, hence the term growing pains. Keep up the good work.

They can who think they can!

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 04:47 AM

Nice job, Jimmy. If the saw veers to the right, the set might be uneven. Just run a file gently along the teeth on the right side and take another cut. Keep adjusting the set that way until your saw cuts straight. Also, check the blade and make sure it is perfectly straight in all directions. Sometimes the steel arrives with a bit of a curve. You can straighten it by bending the steel in the opposite direction.

I look foward to seeing the other four saws you make from that steel.

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 04:55 AM

Thank you folks!

I appreciate the positive vibes and support.

Lumber Jocks Rock.

An awesome tenon saw by DHS in the above link is inspiration on steroids.

Thanks Rhett and best wishes on your Ash plane endeavors.

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 08:20 PM

Andy has a serie about saw rehab and filing.
Is the setting the same on the two side?
Chris Schwarz had a blog about pinching the saw between two sheet of paper in a vise to obtain equal set.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn (and that is nice)

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#5 posted 05-01-2013 02:44 AM

I shall re read Andy’s series and keep working on the filing my friend.

I’m just learning how to set and the saw was made before the saw set
arrival, not a problem as this is the “learning saw”. So, no the setting is not
the same on both sides.

Chris Schwarz shall be read as well Sylvain. Thank you for your input and concerns
Sylvain, I will be reading up on saw making.

Thanks again.

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Don W

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#6 posted 05-01-2013 12:12 PM

that’s an aggressive shop made project. Well done.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 05-01-2013 12:35 PM

Well Wahoo if the saw, for some reason, doesn’t make it into your arsenal of tools, I think I could move some stuff around and make a home for it. Way to push yourself. Its a really handsome looking saw.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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