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What gauge steel...?

Postby Gavin Longrain » June 8th, 2017, 1:51 pm

I research getting punches and dies made for possible saw-fabrication at events like Bodgers Ball.
What gauge steel would be the maximum you'd suggest for a sawplate?
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Re: What gauge steel...?

Postby Jim_Thode » June 8th, 2017, 4:18 pm

Quality taper ground saws are common up to 12 gauge (0.1046 Inch). If the saw plate is flat then a littler less would be reasonable.

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Re: What gauge steel...?

Postby Gavin Longrain » June 8th, 2017, 11:00 pm

Jim,
If not taper-ground, what max thickness would you suggest?
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Re: What gauge steel...?

Postby Jim_Thode » June 9th, 2017, 9:25 am

Modern flat ground saws seem to be as thick as 0.090" (~13 gauge). I have a Tuatahi M tooth that is that thick and it seem to preform as well as quality vintage saws but needs a little more set.

Also have a Curtis / Crossut Saw Co. flat ground saw that is 0.083" thick. Not very good quality but better then nothing.

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Re: What gauge steel...?

Postby Gavin Longrain » June 9th, 2017, 9:57 pm

Here is 'M' tooth worksaw from Tuatahi's site: Image
- is this like yours?
- how much set do you give it and
- what timber do you run that set in ?

In the event I did get dies made, this pattern appeals for I only need 2 dies, one for gullet and one for cutters.

How do you find this compares to a raker-toothed saw e.g. Simonds 520?
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Re: What gauge steel...?

Postby Jim_Thode » June 10th, 2017, 6:28 am

This is my M tooth:
http://www.pbase.com/jimthode/tuatahi_m_tooth

I think new from New Zealand is would cost $600+ USD with shipping. Mine cost $150.
https://www.tuatahiaxes.com/m-tooth-work-saws

There are advantages and disadvantages with the M tooth.

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