Anybody who has ever learn Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Workout routines”
(1678) has puzzled over his footage of saws. There are some
body saws, a whipsaw and a elaborate dealt with noticed with out a again
that Moxon, so far as I do know, doesn’t focus on in his textual content.
That fancy noticed has all the time caught my eye. What was it used for?
What does it reduce like? Is “nib” at its tip (truly,
no, I actually, actually don’t surprise about that. I’m simply messing
with you). It appears a bit like a Turkish
saw, a method of joinery noticed that exhibits up in some outdated
catalogs and continues to be utilized in some international locations.
Effectively quickly we will get a style of that Moxon noticed and
a number of different attention-grabbing patterns which are within the works from
Kevin Reeves of NorthWind Toolworks in
Fort Collins, Colo. Reeves is a 31-year-old sawmaker who’s
fascinated by historic instruments.
“A number of years again, I began excited about what sort of instruments
had been utilized in historic occasions,” Reeves wrote in an e-mail.
“Studied it for awhile (nonetheless am), and got here to the conclusion
that the forefathers of woodworking did nice issues with crude
instruments. Copper noticed blades, tough iron saws, you identify it. A few of
the joinery most likely is missing at occasions, however very outdated examples
His Moxon noticed is the primary one he’s providing on the market, and
Reeves says he’s nonetheless tinkering with the design. Proper now
the sawplate is .03” thick and the enamel are 10 factors per inch
and the noticed is filed with no fleam (besides the fleam that comes
Reeves says that regardless of the dearth of fleam, the noticed cuts effectively
on the rip and crosscut and he’s in a position to reduce dovetails and
dados with it.
“This noticed is basically a form of copy, not one thing
supposed to revolutionize the world of woodworking,” he wrote.
“However I feel it has a spot on the workbench…. I feel it’s a
good sized noticed, that matches between the dovetail or carcase noticed
and the panel noticed.”
Reeves has different saws within the works together with a compass noticed,
which was a standard noticed within the pre-Industrial age however can now be
troublesome to seek out – until you purchase one for reducing drywall. He
additionally has a bench noticed and one other historic noticed posted on his
website, which appears a bit Egyptian. Take a look at some photographs
Additionally notable are the break up nuts that Reeves makes use of on his saws.
Not like conventional break up nuts, they are often grabbed from each
sides so you’ll be able to tighten them with out stripping them. This
is perhaps the one sturdy split-nut design I’ve seen.
The world wants extra sawmakers, particularly ones keen to
discover and experiment with totally different types, so I want
NorthWind Toolworks the perfect of luck. I hope sometime to provide
his saws a take a look at drive and maybe get a glimpse of what Moxon
noticed again within the 1600s.
— Christopher Schwarz
Hey, you studying this. You actually ought to study to sharpen your
personal saws. It’s not laborious. You simply want somebody to indicate you the
strokes. That individual is Ron Herman, who has a fantastic DVD known as
Handsaws” and a model new follow-up DVD known as “Handsaws:
Tune-up, Set-up and More.” I haven’t seen this one, however
Herman by no means fails to do good work.