Articles & Reference Material
When time allows, I like to document my woodworking and toolmaking projects. Below you will find some of the ones I find most
interesting and useful. Just click on the picture or title to see more pictures and information.
Understanding saw geometry makes saw sharpening easier and more predictable. Although the geometry of saw teeth is
more complex than that of planes or chisels, the basic elements are easily understood when they are examined individually. This
article looks at these elements.
When filing cross cut saw teeth, the rake, fleam, and point slope angles of the teeth are not
the same as the rake, fleam, and slope angles that the file is held at. The relationship between these angles is complex and difficult
to calculate. This article presents a range of practical tooth angles and the file angles needed to achieve them. Presented in
If you are filing new teeth into a saw, these printable templates help ensure even and accurate spacing. Pdf files drawn to scale, covering
saws from 3 1/2 to 17 points per inch (ppi). For backsaws and handsaws. Includes progressive pitch teeth.
When time allows, I scan and upload scans of saw handles that have passed through my hands. Each scan includes a scale so that the
image can be printed out at the correct size.
For those brave souls who would like to try their hand at sawmaking, my templates are available for non-commercial use. These are
high quality templates, and available in a range sizes to accomodate nearly any hand size.
I found this little beauty after standing in line for several hours at an estate sale in Denver. Although it needed some cleaning and
repairs, the price was right. I tore it down completely, made a new retaining spring for it, and ended up with a charming little piece of functional
tool history. If you've ever wanted to see the inner workings of one of these drills, you will find that here.
I bought this gorgeous drill press at a PATINA meeting in 2011. I actually walked away several
times, and consider myself fortunate that it was still there when I could no longer resist. The drill press was completely disassembled,
cleaned, and lubricated. It is in remarkable condition for its age, and is one of the finest examples of its kind I have ever seen.
This is a chance to see the inner workings of a marvelous example of mechanical engineering from the early 20th century.
Tool Catalog Scans
11 November 2014: While this website is being transferred to a new host, these archives will be unavailable. If all goes well, they will
be back up sometime next week.
Rose Tools put an extraordinary amount of time and effort into
scanning the catalogs amassed here. While the website hosting this resource has been taken down, Rose Tools has given
permission to host them here. A big thanks goes out to Mark Stansbury of FoleyFiler.blogspot.com
for doing the heavy work in saving these catalogs.