Saws and Sawing
with Ian Bradley

Published by Special Interest Model Books Ltd, Dorset England


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Extract from back cover of book:

The saw is one of the most basic tools and tends to be taken very much for granted. Many hours and much effort can be saved, and more accurate work produced, if the user has the knowledge of how his saw works and how to keep it in good condition. In this book Ian Bradley provides detailed guidance on the use and maintenance of all types of saw, both hand and mechanical, from the humble junior hacksaw to circular and bandsaws, in the comprehensive and succinct manner that has made him such a respected writer on workshop matters.

Photos: Black & White

Units of Measurement: Imperial & Metric


Part 1

Chapter 1
The hand saw for wood. Hand saw teeth. Forms of handsaw. The panel saw. The bow or frame saw. The tenon saw. The compass saw. The keyhole saw.

Chapter 2
Sharpening saws. Topping the teeth. Sharpening the saw teeth. Setting the saw teeth. Saw sets. The saw-setting block.

Chapter 3
The circular saw. The pendulum saw. The saw bench. Lathe circular saw attachment. Light saw benches for amateur use. Sawing attachments for the electric hand drill. Black and Decker portable saw attachments. Modifications to the Black and Decker saw bench. The Wadkin saw bench. Circular saws.

Chapter 4
Using woodsaws. The bench hook. Starting the cut with the tenon saw. Sawing along the grain. The sawing horse. Correct and incorrect method of rip-sawing.

Appendix: Sawing stone.

Part 2

Chapter 1
THE HACKSAW. Hacksaw frames. Blade tensioning devices. Adjustable hacksaw frames. Specialised saw frames. Fretsaw and piercing saw frames. The back saw.

Chapter 2
THE HACKSAW BLADE. Types of blade and their selection. Comparison between inch-fractional and metric blade dimensions. Tooth pitch and its relation to the sawn material. The Eclipse Junior Saw blade.

Chapter 3
USING THE HAND HACKSAW. Starting the cut. Marking-off large material. 'Bundling'.

Chapter 4
BENCH MOUNTED HACKSAW MACHINES. The Goodell- Pratt machine. The author's hand machine. Power-driven rpachines. The Meddings hacksaw. The Cowell machine. The author's bench hacksaw. The 'Duplex' saw and its use as a lathe sttachment.

Chapter 5
THE POWER HACKSAW. Floor mounted machines. Commercial hacksaw machines. Hydraulic variable feed and blade relieving systems. The dashpot relieving device fitted to the 'Duplex' saw. An enlarged 'Duplex' saw. The counterbalance. 'Cardboard Engineering'. The work vice. Selecting tooth size. Fitting the saw blade. Sawing failures and their causes. Blade breakages. Excessive blade wear. Tooth fracture. Crooked sawing.

Chapter 6
USING THE POWER HACKSAW. Mounting the work. The machine vice. Material support stands. The length stop. Sawing short lengths of material. 'Bundling' round, square, hexagon and angle stock.

Chapter 7
THE FRETSAW AND JIGSAW. The fretsaw frame. The piercing saw. The fretsaw blade. The spiral saw blade. Using the fretsaw and piercing saw. Jig saw blades. Choice of blades for the jig saw. Lubricants for use with the jig saw. Points needing attention when fretsawing.

Chapter 8
POWER FRETSAWS AND JIGSAWS. An old-time fretsaw. The mechanical piercing saw. Arnerican light fretsawing machines. The Hobbies fretsaw. The Maddings fretsaw machine. The 'Duplex' jigsaw. Fences for use with the jigsaw. The Black and Decker jigsaw.

Chapter 9
THE COLD SAW. Hand and power driven cold saws. The Meddings light cold saw. The quick-acting vice for use with the cold saw.

Chapter 10
THE BANDSAW. The modern machine. Protecting the operator. Bandsaw blades. Forrns of band saw tooth. Tooth set. Bandsaw breakages.

Chapter 11
BAND SAW BRAZERS AND WELDERS. Brazing equipment. Butt welding. Dressing the weld. Bandsaw sharpening. Handling the bandsaw blade.

Appendix: Two miniature hacksaws with some notes on making them.