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    Drawing tension along an edge of spring steel plate

    Oh wow I didn't plates for dovetail and gent's saws might also be ground. I'm sure I can find suitable steel somewhere in Europe. A ground down hacksaw blade should do the trick in a pinch before I make or get anything special. Perhaps I should just make a proper bow saw, as is the Dutch way...
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    Drawing tension along an edge of spring steel plate

    Stephen, I just discovered your planes and I'm speechless besides wanting to say I hope someone has appreciated to your craft! I still want to make my own infill, but as far as I've gotten (the only dovetail in any medium I've attempted thus far) is practicing by making this dovetail marker I...
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    Drawing tension along an edge of spring steel plate

    Hi Stephen, Thanks for your reply. Right now I have a cheap japanese pullsaw ('dozuki', I think?) and a crusty Sorby. I need to restore the latter and I'm immersing myself in trying to understand sharpening and building Western handsaws because they're beautiful and I want to use saws whose...
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    Drawing tension along an edge of spring steel plate

    Thanks, Billtodd. I hadn't considered how it would mark the brass when the pin was going in. It would therefore make sense to fix the toe end of the plate first, where it's visible, and then draw bore the plate into tension by pinning it in the end of the back that is covered by the handle. I...
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    Drawing tension along an edge of spring steel plate

    Hi folks, I'm new to metalworking and toolmaking and I'm trying to understand how the very best backsaws (for cutting dovetails or tenons in wood) might be made. There's a sawmaker that tensions the saw plate by pinning the toe edge of the blade into the end of the (brass or steel) back and...
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