Participants at Proto Saw Fest will pay nothing for tuition ( because I cannot yet demonstrate value for tuition) but will pay for resources used. I think capacity would be 8 persons. I have 4 definites so far, one highly probable and 2 maybes.
Outline Agenda- suggestions welcomed for additions / variations:
- 1. On the Friday before the actual weekend, make saw-vises for those that lack them - I'll procure materials to suit.
2. For those that wish to buy new water-jet cut saw plate(s) that I am about to source: File and fit such new sawplates, starting with a common non-raker pattern so we are all filing the same profile and can compare techniques and results better. (And no, I don't yet know the price of such saw plates, but will v soon!)
3. Refurbish old saws that folks are sure to bring along.
- a. swaging hammers any other swaging device e.g. http://www.crosscutsawyer.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=770
b. setting anvils e.g. end of old axles? mild steel scrap?
c. diffent ways of measuring set e.g. Kafer dial gauges, fabricated gauges, spider gauge...
e. cross-pein hammers - and other hammers for truing buckled blades
f. The jig and tooling Warren Miller uses at 6:47 in this video where he punches handle holes in a newly-shortened saw.
g. handles - we need to make new, removable Eastern or Western or Loop handles, and make or source helper handles for the newly fitted saw plates. But from whom & how?
h. 'D' handles plus fixings for one-man saws
i. files - in quantities and profiles to suit the saws we'll be filing
j. pumice or other abrasive stone - for clearing rust off old saws
i. raker gauges of varying widths to suit different raker-teeth e.g. http://www.crosscutsawyer.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=755
j. tension gauges
What else have I left out?
If you'd like to come, PM me to tell me what your skills and interests are and I will allocate jobs to you.