Small Tenon Saw

Iíve been wanting a small tenon saw for a while. Something smaller than my Disston #5 (12" Jeff). Something about the same size as my LN Independence dovetail saw (which has a blade of 9") but filed crosscut and 15 tpi for more delicate, smoother shoulder cuts.

About a year ago I made another of my derelict purchases, this time a Spear & Jackson tenon saw with 10" long x 2 1/4" deep blade. THT (Truly Horrible Tote, Jeff)! Probably a product of the 1950-60 era. But the blade was in fair condition, heavy brass backing, and the teeth were filed as I wanted (and still sharp enough to cut). I put it aside until I had the time to work on it.

Over the months that followed I began to think about the tote design. Here was a chance to design and build something that I found both aesthetically pleasing as well as comfortable.

So what is the perfect dovetail or small tenon tote? I think the one that most of us associate is the LN, which was based on the Groves. Here they are.

It has always struck me that most totes look like they are flat boards with routed edges. I find this a turn-off. My LN is like constructed along these lines and, while it is comfortable, it looks machined. I want round, not flat. I want curves and flow. What do you want?

I am hoping that others will now respond to this, comment and post images of their thoughts and inspired creations. Hey Mike Ö. You out there!!! I hope so. You are definitely making the best totes around at this time. Let us see some of the new work.

In the meantime, here is what I came up with. Firstly, a picture of the original tote and the complete saw for comparison. New tote is Jarrah.

And here is a better angle for inspection.

I must say that this is the most comfortable tote I have ever used.


Derek Cohen

Perth, Australia