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  1. Geoff I will post something tonight or...

    Geoff

    I will post something tonight or tomorrow for McPhersons. In the meantime here is something from a Melhuish catalogue No.21, which is undated. You may already have this one as it sounds like...
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    The saw is likely circa 1900. The use of a double...

    The saw is likely circa 1900. The use of a double medallion tended to be reserved for Groves' overseas market.

    Regards
    Paul
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    Ian I keep my OCD tendencies fairly deeply...

    Ian

    I keep my OCD tendencies fairly deeply hidden. Actually they are a bit like my abbs; Also deeply hidden.:)

    I truly was not looking for that medallion, but when it fell out of the storage...
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    Those of you with memories still intact, and not...

    Those of you with memories still intact, and not diminished by the ravages of alcohol and time, may recall that I did make up a couple of supplementary Kenyon style saws (#162 on p11 of this thread. ...
  5. Ok, good to know some of you have dealt with the...

    Ok, good to know some of you have dealt with the company.

    I have found a little more information. It was founded in 1860 by Thomas Mcpherson, who was a Scottish immigrant. The company was...
  6. These are the chisels: 488090 Probably not...

    These are the chisels:

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    Probably not as many as we might have expected, but if my dating of the catalogue is correct, about thirty five years before a young IanW was gloating over...
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    7.62mm sounds like a round of ammunition to me. ...

    7.62mm sounds like a round of ammunition to me.

    Did Matt mean the thickness of the back and not the thickness of the slit?

    Regards
    Paul
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    I measured a few backsaws to get some perspective...

    I measured a few backsaws to get some perspective on plate thickness. My vernier gauge is only a plastic cheapie ( I have another four gauges that have all given up the ghost :(( ) and probably not...
  9. Thanks Martin. Please feel free to post as...

    Thanks Martin.

    Please feel free to post as much as you like.

    The dating of my catalogue is from a small note on the bottom of the first page as follows:

    "8M/7/24"

    Regards
    Paul
  10. I expect some of you would like to see some...

    I expect some of you would like to see some machinery too:

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    Apologies. The scanner is playing up so all pix were photographed (poorly). Double click on them to stand a chance of reading....
  11. McPherson's Proprietary ltd, A Hand tool catalogue

    I went looking for the literature sub section of the Forum, but it looks like we don't have one so here we are in hand tools, which is what this is about.

    A few days ago Forum menber Yvan (take a...
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    Matt I can see some repurposing on the horizon...

    Matt

    I can see some repurposing on the horizon after you saw through the first four inch nail.

    :)

    Regards
    Paul
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    Ian I have been researching Disston's Compact....

    Ian

    I have been researching Disston's Compact. I found it in a 1918 catalogue but not in 1914 and, interestingly, not in 1886 either. Then I went to the Disstonian Institute and found this:
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    Ian It had only a brief life with Simonds, but...

    Ian

    It had only a brief life with Simonds, but it survived a long time with Disston. Simonds only made handsaws for twenty six years anyway. This was the Bishop "Bulldog No.200"

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    It...
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    This is the link to the Disston video. HD...

    This is the link to the Disston video.

    HD Stock Video Footage - Workers stamp and punch the steel sheets at Henry Disston & Sons factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    There are a few other...
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    Thanks MA. It's not quite finished. The...

    Thanks MA.

    It's not quite finished.

    The original wheat carving in the latter half of the nineteenth century was done by hand with a carving tool and this can normally be picked by the fineness...
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    Hand Saws. Replicating the Classics.

    There are some saws that I aspire to collecting, but realistically I am unlikely to ever own. This is for a variety of reasons. It could be their cost or a combination of cost and shipping from a...
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    C U 2morrow. (Practising my phone speak for the...

    C U 2morrow. (Practising my phone speak for the day when I get a phone.)

    :shrug:

    Regards
    Paul
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    This one threw me into overdrive: 487984 A...

    This one threw me into overdrive:

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    A Simonds No.342 gauge for setting up crosscut logging saws. Ok it looks a bit better than average and it comes with the box and instructions but,
    ...
  20. Tony I was about to raise the same questions....

    Tony

    I was about to raise the same questions. You have pretty much done it for me.

    Performing a task all day long can remove the appreciation of the basic concept. Kitchen building, as I am...
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    Yep! As the previous two post related to the file...

    Yep! As the previous two post related to the file jig, I followed on , logically to my mind with continued discussion on the file. :rolleyes: However I did think the question was a little strange. I...
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    Lappa Just occasionally the cactus has up to a...

    Lappa

    Just occasionally the cactus has up to a fifty plus buds at one time, but no more than about eight will be open at the same time. I often miss the flowering as I see they are about to open...
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    Welcome Scott The thinning of the first coat...

    Welcome Scott

    The thinning of the first coat is so the thinner liquid can penetrate deep into the timber and fill the pores. The un-thinned varnish will have a tendency to sit on the surface,...
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    Derek I was going to point out that in fact...

    Derek

    I was going to point out that in fact saw plate thickness varies quite a bit and is primarily dictated by the length of the saw (this extends to back saws too). I didn't because you...
  25. Phil That Blue Tongue is a big boy (or girl)....

    Phil

    That Blue Tongue is a big boy (or girl). I don' think I have seen one that big, but there again Canberra is a hot spot of hyperbole.

    I regard Blue tongues as good guys and would be pleased...
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    Matthew We have to be a little bit careful...

    Matthew

    We have to be a little bit careful here not to get caught up in our own confusion :? .

    I would suggest that ordinarily a right handed person using any file would hold the handle end in...
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    Sorry for the delay in providing pix: I had to...

    Sorry for the delay in providing pix: I had to find them and still I did not find those I was really looking for.

    The bigger cactus is the one in question:

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    The buds

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    Good job Matthew It will makes sharpening life...

    Good job Matthew

    It will makes sharpening life so much easier.

    Regards
    Paul
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    Ian Possibly the issue is that you took an...

    Ian

    Possibly the issue is that you took an already very small saw and attempted to miniature that. I noticed the saw in the llink to John Maki showed a panel saw so you could have taken a panel...
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    Lappa We have a cactus that flowers...

    Lappa

    We have a cactus that flowers prolifically, but like your Queen of the Night, the flower opens on dusk and is a spent force by morning. It may be a common trait. It is a huge flower but...
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    I can't offer any advice on veneer saws. I...

    I can't offer any advice on veneer saws.

    I agree that the artist's impression can often be exactly that. This is the extract from a Disston publication "The Saw in History." This one was dated...
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    Ian I just knew it: That you wouldn't be able...

    Ian

    I just knew it: That you wouldn't be able to help yourself and the sight of a bare plate would demand a handle and teeth! Now that handle is very reminiscent of this from Disston 1918...
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    Dom I find myself increasingly envious of your...

    Dom

    I find myself increasingly envious of your productivity levels. I took some recompense from the fact you had the materials for up to 2 years. although I have had my materials for in excess of...
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    Matt It may well be why they come with spare...

    Matt

    It may well be why they come with spare blades and are called razor saws. Throw 'em away when they 're blunt. You certainly need big eyes for those little teeth.

    I am looking forward to...
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    Ray Is that when the area of glass is over a...

    Ray

    Is that when the area of glass is over a certain size? (1m?) it is a long time since I made a large window and in those day it had to be laminated (maybe toughened, but mine was laminated and...
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    p Thanks Dom In the intervening time I did...

    p

    Thanks Dom

    In the intervening time I did look up Centor. It looks to be a superb product. I have made a note of this as there is a project on my horizon that requires bifolds.

    Regards...
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    I'm glad that the phrase eating one's hat is...

    I'm glad that the phrase eating one's hat is mainly metaphorical as over the years I would have had to consume many such pieces of headgear to the extent I would certainly have investigated the...
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    Dom Thanks for documenting the build. That was...

    Dom

    Thanks for documenting the build. That was a lot of work! Just a quick question. Are the doors a bi-fold that slide back to the jamb?

    Regards
    Paul
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    MA Well picked up. 6ppi is quite coarse for a...

    MA

    Well picked up. 6ppi is quite coarse for a crosscut handsaw, but equally it is fine for a rip saw, although you do see the occasional 7ppi rip, mainly in smaller panel saws. Interestingly the...
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    Derek I have never had the use for one of...

    Derek

    I have never had the use for one of these, but they look wonderful. You could use old saw plate (back saw or panel saw) of a suitable thickness if you don't have scraper blades or don't wish...
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    Rich This was the drift of my comment that the...

    Rich

    This was the drift of my comment that the next few days would be interesting. Actually, they are potentially alarming, particularly if Trump stays. Having said that, I saw a report that he is...
  42. WP A very useful device on a solid floor such...

    WP

    A very useful device on a solid floor such as concrete, but decidedly problematical out in the paddock. :)

    Regards
    Paul
  43. Thread: Thankyou

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    It was Matt. :yes: Regards Paul

    It was Matt.

    :yes:

    Regards
    Paul
  44. Paul I think you will find that Ebay in...

    Paul

    I think you will find that Ebay in general and handsaws in particular have blossomed! This particular sale did not really surprise. He sharpens a saw extremely well.

    Regards
    Paul
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    Rich Thank you for stating your views on the...

    Rich

    Thank you for stating your views on the situation.

    I think many people just shake their head and ask how this can possibly have happened. While I don't intend to offer my thoughts on that...
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    Doug I think Youtube may be too sensible....

    Doug

    I think Youtube may be too sensible. Facebook may be more appropriate bu I am reliably advised you need a phone for that.

    Regards
    Paul
  47. Thread: Thankyou

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    MA Can you post some pix of the Taylor saw?...

    MA

    Can you post some pix of the Taylor saw? The back as well as offering rigidity also serves to tension the plate. This is achieved by tapping the back on in a longitudinal direction towards the...
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    Following on from our chat, when you have a log...

    Following on from our chat, when you have a log that is a little difficult to manhandle to the saw table, this is a solution:

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    :)

    Regards
    Paul
  49. Thread: Thankyou

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    MA Great that these old saws are being...

    MA

    Great that these old saws are being resuscitated. Good onya (I'm practicing my Australian).

    I was looking for an "X" stamped in the top RH corner. The No.12s all had this and I am assuming...
  50. Vern This may require leap of faith, but I...

    Vern

    This may require leap of faith, but I would go along with what you have already done but soak the timber in water first. This has a similar (but probably not identical) effect to steam...
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