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Thread: Maple scraps and a few metal parts?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    twomiles from the "peak of Ohio

    Maple scraps and a few metal parts?

    Old Butcher's Meat saws.....seen almost in every garage sale/antique shop.....
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    Had a few too many of these, just hanging around. had some leftover 1 x 4 Hard Maple...hmmm
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    I did have to go out and buy a 2' length of 5/16" all-thread, a wing nut, and a washer...
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    But these parts here came from the Butcher saws. Blade is 18" long, with 11 ppi crosscut teeth.
    Works great as a crosscut saw....with no tearout on the backside of the cut..
    There is only one wingnut to tighten the saw with..
    The other end of the all-thread is folded into a mortise, to keep from twisting..
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    About maybe $5 in parts....couple of hours "play time" in the shop, while watching the washer....

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Berkshire County in Western Ma
    Nice little project. I picked one of those meat saws up at our local thrift shop for a buck. Can't believe no one else grabbed it.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    TX, NM or on the road
    I've made several of that type of saws over the years, there is something about cutting a piece of wood using one that makes the world slow down. But I never thought of using a meat saw, I used what ever blade I can scrounge and adapter the blade holders to fit the blade. A lot of them were fret type saws that I used coping saw blades on. A bolt with an angle cut and cut from the end with the bolt head removed made the blade holders.

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