Plans and Guides

The plans and guides that follow are for various projects and tool work outlined on in blog posts. Feel free to use them under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. I recommend that you fool around with them to get them to look as you’d like. Completely drawing your projects out helps a lot in planning joinery and understanding requirements. The best part about it is that you don’t need to know how to draw. If you’re not comfortable with a graphics program such as Inkscape, Illustrator, or Sketchup, just try some graph paper.

The projects were primarily drawn with Inkscape. I have SVG files if you want the original. The guides are output of PostScript code, and I can also provide that if you’re really interested in that sort of thing.

I’ve included a link to relevant blog post(s) if they exist.


Saw Handle Templates

Mike Wenzloff has put up a page of handle templates that he uses in his saws.

Saw Tooth Stuff

For the following two guides, there are a lot of variations, so I’ve just condensed all of them into a couple of PDF files with several pages. Just print the page(s) you need from Acrobat reader or whatever.

  • Hand saw tooth pitch/spacing guides, combined in one file for 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, and 20TPI: toothguide.pdf.
    Relevant post: cutting saw teeth.
  • Hand saw sharpening fleam guides, for 5, 10, 15, and 20 degrees of fleam: fleam.pdf.
    Relevant post: saw sharpening.

2 thoughts on “Plans and Guides

  1. Hi

    I an looking for some advice on sharpening an old saw. I think it is a dovetail type saw, 17 teeth per inch. How do i know what fleam angle to use? i have a set of needle files but im not sure what angle they are. are the saw sharpening files set at the correct angle?



    • Hi Simon, a saw with such a fine pitch such as that is almost certainly a dovetail saw, primarily for cutting joints along the grain. You should file it with rip teeth, meaning straight across. Normally, you don’t use fleam on rip teeth (some do, but it makes for a more complicated process). You want teeth that look and act as little chisels, rather than crosscut teeth, which are pointed and look like knives.

      The good news is that these are really easy to file; all you need to worry about is the rake angle. Use 0 to just a couple of degrees for rip teeth.

      The profile of a western saw file is an equilateral triangle–60 degrees on each side. If the faces of the file are all the same width, you’re good. Just use a hardwood block with a hole drilled in for a guide on the other end of the file.

      There is a lot more about saw filing on Pete Taran’s site, Go to “Library” and then select “Saw Filing–A Beginner’s Primer” from the page you get there (sorry, can’t link directly because of the frames).

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