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Coming Round the Mountain

02/04/2010

Coming Round the Mountain 4Months after we first showed our new 14" sash saw at Woodworking in America last October I can finally say we have the first batch of saws done. Above is a bunch being laid out for final testing and inspection. Testing these saws is pretty involved because these saws are filed so that you can use them either for ripping or crosscutting. So we have to test them in both configurations. It takes time.

The reason for this fairly complicated filing (5° negative rake, 7° fleam) is because we learned for several historical sources including the Joiner and Cabinet Maker that a single sash saw was the general go-to all-purpose joinery saw of the early 19th century. You might think that this type of filing would be pretty harsh in use but like most hand filed saws (and the saw is of course hammer set and hand filed) the action is pretty sweet, especially as the saw breaks in.

I'll have more details and more background information and some sample pictures of the quality of the cut when we officially announce the saw - probably next week (I need to take a decent picture of the saw first). At the same time we will add it to the website for ordering. I can tell you that the introductory price will be $219.95 for the first month with the regular price after that being $239.95.

For those of you who placed an order at Woodworking in America we will of course charge you the introductory price.

ps - the coding on the brown paper in the picture is the way we keep track of which tests have been on each blade.
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02/04/2010 Bill Sias
Now if I could just find it on the site I'd order one.

Or am I just too quick?
Too quick - IT will be on the site next week.
02/04/2010 Bill Sias
I see that you mentioned that in the post. I guess I was just too excited to read thoroughly.
02/04/2010 Mark Hochstein
Bring it on! I'm ready! I notice that the blades have not been etched with your logo. Is that something you do at the end?
The blades are etched - you just can't see it in the picture.
02/05/2010 Tony Zaffuto
Will you have a nice, fancy etch on saw? Any embellishment on the brass back? Anyhow, I think I see the next saw for my shop!
As before the blades on the finished saws will be etched and the kit blades won't be.

We don't engrave the brass but if you look at our saws we do have some nice chamfers and a nose radius that you don't see on too many other modern saws. We spend a lot of time finishing the brass right so that it looks elegant without being flashy. It would be pretty easy to stamp our names on the brass but we don't do that or do any engraving because historically once sawmakers started using the etch the stamps were largely dropped and I think the plain brass with the chamfers is far more elegant.
Hi Joel,

Every time I finish a saw I found it unbelievable that you make so many in a short time. I do love the shape of the lower ogee curve and the lambs tongue!

Cheers
Pedder
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