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Disston's Standard Saw - The Manufacturer and Builder, Vol. 10.

The saw is of such ancient origin, that it would be difficult to find out who made it first, or even how long ago it was invented.

Pictures of saws are represented on the ancient Egyptian obelisks. The hatchet, knife and chisel are no doubt older, and it naturally grow out of them, but the primitive saw was of course a miserable thing when compared with the saw of the present day.


Additional Notes on Tools and Traditional Crosscut Saw Sharpening by Mike Hagemyer

I have presented several saw restoration projects thus far with the purpose of passing on some of the knowledge and skills required to take charge of your hand saws.

My intent is to share methods that I know work for me. It is easy to say, hey look what I did, but not quite so easy to describe to others exactly how you did it.

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Cumberland Gap National Park Event by James E. Price

I have taught lots of people the old ways of unplugged woodworking and demonstrated old tools and techniques to lots of school children but never have I had the opportunity to enlighten over 2,000 school children within a 6-hour span of time like I did one week ago at The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park near Middlesboro, Kentucky. The event was named, "An American Memoir" and the theme was "American Values".     Full Story>>

Kerfing "Plane" MK.1, part 2 by Jim Hendricks

In order to cut the correct kerf I used a thin kerf Japanese saw, a replacement blade for this saw being used in the kerfing saw.

I used saw nuts from Workshop Heaven to clamp the blade in the slot. Once done, I attached a temporary fence using a small cramp. The results were perfect!

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Snipes Bill Planes by James E. Price

I was getting some molding planes out for a project today and rediscovered one of my snipes bill planes.

These planes often came in pairs, a right and a left, but in your searches you are apt to find only one since molding plane sets were scattered when when chests were emptied and the tools sold.

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Recovering a Lost Gem by Mike Hagemyer

This saw was purchased at auction on eBay with several others for a lot price.

I actually was after the No. 12 in the group but hoped this one would also have possibilities. Based on the handle it looks like an older No. 7 or 8 to me but until it is cleaned up, who knows?

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Kerfing "Plane" MK.1, part 1 by Jim Hendricks

I mentioned how handy it would be to have a kerfing plane (saw) ala Tom Fidgen and I really wanted to use it solely for cutting veneers, so the fixed fence one would be good.

But I want to play with fences, brass rods, turning wheels, and ebony and boxwood. Doing this one first allows it to be a prototype for the handles, ...

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The New Skew-Back Hand-Saw - The Manufacturer and Builder.

The tool with which the greatest amount of labor is performed in the transformation of the trunks of trees into available lumber, is undoubtedly the saw. We must mention a man well known to everyone who ever used a good saw, namely, the late Mr. Henry Disston, of the celebrated firm of Henry Disston and Sons, of Phila.

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Cumberland Gap National Park Event, Part 3 by James E. Price

The boxes are based on one I made a year ago with very primitive tools. They are laced together at the corners with leather or artificial sinew. Today I got way down the road on making a box with a partition in the middle. Square nails of two sizes will be stored in this box and they will be used in the construction of wooden coffins.

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Saw Tooth Shaping and Sharpening Process by Mike Hagemyer

Rather than trying to steer you through the structured monotony of learning the process I think it will be more fun for you and me to document a few complete restorations.

By the time I am done you will have experienced all the basics and more.

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Cumberland Gap National Park Event, Part 2 by James E. Price

This post is a continuation of the one I did on making a leather strop for putting that final polished edge on chisels, plane irons, drawknives, spokeshaves, and even axes.

I made this one for a coffin making toolkit I will be using in a National Park Service demonstration at Cumberland Gap - "An American Memoir" - April 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2016.

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Visit to a Saw Manufactory - Scientific American, 1873

To the inexperienced observer a wood saw is merely a notched steel plate, of no particular character or design, and least of all does it occur to him that it requires any special knowledge or skill to make one. This impression would be speedily dispelled if he visited a workshop where such tools ...

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Demonstration at the Cumberland Gap National Park Event by James E. Price

 I am putting together a set of tools to take to The Cumberland Gap National Park.

The event is not until April 9-11, 2016 but I want to be fully prepared and not forget a tool that I will need so I have started pulling out tools and evaluating them as to their appropriateness for the demonstration. Most of the tools will be used in a coffin making demonstration I will be doing.

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