September 1, 2007
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# 573
Lucas Gilbert
NewCumberland, NS
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   13"
  Height:   5"
  Depth:   7/8"
Materials:   Indian rosewood, brass, tool steel

These are two joinery saws that I made. One 16 ppi rip and one 16 ppi cross cut. The blades came from an old disston handsaw that I cut up (it was dead!). The stock was then surface ground to 0.0018". The brass back was milled from 1/4" x 1" bar stock to a final size of 1/4" x 3/4". It was slotted in a milling machine with an 1 1/2" x 0.0018" slotting wheel. All chamfers were done on a belt grider. The split nut screws are purchased.

The handle was cut out on a scroll saw.  It was then shaped by hand using rasps, chisels and sandpaper to 220 grt.  Then finished with two coats of tung oil then beeswax polish.

The vine file work was done with a three square swiss file and a 7/32" chainsaw file.  The brass back is finished to 320 grt.

Another view of the file work.

Judges Comments
CS : This saw is an astonishing piece of filing work. The back looks like a Bill Carter miter plane -- it's that good. The tool fit my hand quite well. The teeth needed a bit of work to be perfect.
Clarence : Top shelf saw, well almost. The handle and decorated back put it near the top but the saw filing needs work.

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