Monthly Archives: February 2009

The Taming of the Screw

Broken saw screws, what to do? Especially the nice of brass split screw variety? Given that they were on the clapped out Spear & Jackson, I should just throw them away and put on some chrome Great Necks. But I … Continue reading

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Read and Ye Shall Learn

Some times it takes a while for me to see the nose on the end of my face. As I was re-reading Saw Filing – A Beginner’s Primer (Vintage Saws Library), I noticed: Some people actually make a jig which … Continue reading

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Hope in a Hopeless World

(Widespread Panic song)Here is what can be charitably called a charity case, if not a total loss. An old brass backed Spear & Jackson:   The toe of the saw plate has a big crack, I cut that off just to … Continue reading

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New Teeth

Project: Cut new cross cut teeth on a 12” backsaw Required Reading: Saw Filing – A Beginner’s Primer and The How’s of Setting Saws, both of which can be checked out from the Vintage Saws Library. Print out both, read twice … Continue reading

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The Zen Master’s Saw Vise

A zen master doesn’t need no steekling mega tech chunk of metal to sharpen a saw. A zen master is self contained, in total control. A ZM can almost sharpen a saw by thought alone, needing only two sticks, such … Continue reading

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Another One Bites the Sawdust

A Globe Master backsaw. I think Globe Master is probably the West Germany equivalent of Harbor Freight. Not much meat in the back but the saw plate seems like good steel (0.028”). With the rivets gone, I set about finding … Continue reading

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One done

Got a care package from Tools for Working Wood, I ordered one of every saw file they had (hey, they are tools, cheap (where else do you get a new tool for $5?), shipping would kill if buying one or … Continue reading

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Hardware

Time to replace the tidy-bowel knob. I thought a nice matching wooden knob would be nice so I stuck a piece of wood on the lathe and had at it. It looked like crap and felt about as good. I … Continue reading

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Racing Stripes

That big ole chunk of walnut is kind of boring. It has a lot of figure (light fiddleback, hopefully I will be able to bring it out) and quite pretty but still … So to lively things up, I added … Continue reading

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First Blood

Yea, something to actually cut wood with!The tall diamond shaped beam is nice, the blade just barely extends past the beam, the beam can ride on the wood and stabilize the gauge and my fingers can still wrap around the leading … Continue reading

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