It's been a while since I posted anything about saws. November 17th to be exact. Since then, in between home improvements, I've managed to build two more brass backed saws to compliment the big tenon saw I made last Fall. Well, yesterday I decided to do a photo shoot of my sexy little triplets. Yes, I admit it's a little disturbing to find tools sexy, ( my wife would probably say take out the "little" part ) but I know I'm not the only one who feels this way about tools. Come on, admit it. And my wife's the one who bought me a new camera for Christmas so in a way, she's an enabler. Surely she knew I'd use it for my dirty little tool porn photo shoots. Anyway, enough foolishness, on to the pics. I fooled around a little on my iPhoto program trying to get some different looks. I'd really like to one day learn to properly photograph tools to eliminate glare and get studio quality looks.
A little about the saws:
The top one is a 14" cross-cut. 12 TPI, filed with 15degrees rake and 20 degrees fleam. Depth of cut is 2 7/8" under the back at the handle and 2 5/8" at the toe.
In the middle is a 16" tenon saw. This one is 11 TPI, filed rip with about 5 degrees of rake. It has a 3" depth of cut at the handle and 2 3/4" at the toe.
The bottom one is the 19" tenon saw I blogged about here. They all have beech handles finished with TruOil.
I'm really pleased with how these saws preform. So much so that I put my premium back saws up for sale on eBay. All except for my Wenzloff Early Kenyon dovetail saw. That is one sweet cutting saw, and at 20 TPI, a little finer toothed saw than I feel comfortable trying to build at this point.
My saws are longer and heavier than is typical for similarly toothed saws. I really like the extra length, and the weight of the heavy brass backs just make them eat through the wood. All I have to do is get them started on line and let the weight do the work. Not sure what it is about the length, but I think if you were to try a longer back saw and then switch back to a normal length one, you'd wonder what happened to the rest of the saw. I know that's how I felt when I used them and that's what pushed me to sell my old saws. I think I'll use the money I make from the sales to purchase the Gramercy saw vise, some saw files, some folded brass backs, and some 1095 spring steel. Yeah, I think I may have a saw problem. But I'm not really looking for a cure. :)