Barry Bate offers these saw vises at Sawfest for £30 ready-to-use. They are good for saws up to 30″. You won’t have to assemble them.
Barry had 5 left and I have just ordered one.
They worked very well at Bodgers Ball where Barry ran a course with them. If you do already have one of these, please bring it to Sawfest!
If you want one of the 4 left, order here.
If you come to Sawfest 2018, tell me if you want to be Flypress Monitor. You’ll vary gullet depth and pitch by adjusting the relative positions of the two plates. You’ll need a 13mm spanner and metric Allen keys.
The gullet depth plate is to the left and the pitch plate is to the right in this image.
I only have triangular punch and die – so if you happen to have tooling to punch any other tooth pattern, please let me know.
Can you see the error I make in the last tooth alignment? I now see I did not advance the second-last tooth to the right-hand plate far enough.
Here is the lovely fly press, which will be at Sawfest.
Come and punch teeth in both old saws and also in new steel. Because rust will damage the punch, PLEASE shine the area where the punch will fall on the tooth-line before you start to swing that handle.
When I get a price for the new steel, I will post that in the shop so you could pre-order your stock.
Here are close ups of the punch and die and the register plate arrangement…
If you do watch the video, you’ll hear how out of breath I am with the new saw.
Sawing need not be this hard. It is surprisingly easy to fettle most saws to run sweetly given the right tools and instruction. Alternatively I can sharpen yours but do please send pictures first to email@example.com
Sawfest, Sheffield July 27-29, 2018
Because I want hand-saws in wider use and your sawing to be easy, happy and relaxed I organise Sawfest in Sheffield, England from Fri 27 July to Sun 29 July. Bring ANY rusty, bent and blunt saws and go home with saw-knowledge ready to use – and with usable saws. If you are interested and will spend £80 to attend, I suggest you “Buy Tickets” at top right because I limit this to just 25 people.
BTW: Sawfest is for ALL human-powered saws: small , medium and monster-long.
There’s no point getting a saw sharp and straight if you cannot protect its edge. I experiment with plywood scabbards ( see video below) and will have some at Sawfest Sheffield July 27 to 29, 2018 to try.
My initial guess of 18 feet radius was too big. Most saws did not nest well in those scabbards.
I tried calculating the arc, but the results were variable. Simpler by far was to get a surveyor’s reel-tape and chalk.
Here’s how I did it…
Saw vises too should conform to the most common arc. For my current collection of saws, that is radius 14 feet.
Here you’ll see a gap of 20 mm arises from a 3 foot difference in radius…
I visited a grinder in Sheffield to explore taper grinding of long saws. Below you’ll see him freehanding an unsupported junker blade over the stone.
Whilst his stone is smaller diameter than those shown in old drawings it did work quickly. It sure works as a way to clean up old saws of rust and test out your taper-ideas. Old saws are cheap and plentiful – what’s not to like about giving some to Brian to have a go with? We will visit his workshop Friday 27 July.
If we were to fix the blade to a ‘scorching board’ it will be more controllable. I am back to visit him again next week and I will take saws fixed to such ‘scorching board’ planks.
To book your place at Sawfest Sheffield – and there are only 25 left at time of writing – go here.