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Folded Backs and Two Guys In A Garage

Two Guys In A Garage Tool Works is a pair of guys who happened upon a supply of spring steel scraps and, being woodworkers who loved hand tools, they hated to see the “scraps” going to waste - came upon the idea of re-purposing the steel into usable tools for the hand-tool crowd.  Card scrapers, specifically...  

As time has gone on, they've branched out into supplying spring steel plates for those who want to make their own hand saws, first supplying plates for stair saws then later expanding to larger saws and also saw-tooth pattern plates. Their plates come now with teeth pre-punched in a wide range of PPI and are ready for sharpening and setting.

I've linked to their web site before - Dom maintains an excellent library of saw handle templates online free for everyone to use.  I see they have also added brass split nuts and screws to their list of available products, which means they are only lacking one thing for all of the metal parts of a saw - the back!

It would seem they are now ready to remedy that.  Recently I was fortunate enough to be on a list of folks sent prototypes of their folded backs to evaluate and provide feedback. I am honored they would choose me as one to look at them. Here's what arrived:

Two of their prototype backs, and two 3" x 12" dovetail saw plates.  The sawplates have teeth stamped out at 13 PPI ready for sharpening and setting.  The teeth are wholly consistent, straight, and with a good rake angle for getting you started,

Using one of Dom's templates, a pair of their split nuts, some wood and one of their handle templates (or make your own) you have everything you need to make your own backsaw.   Read more about Folded Backs and Two Guys In A Garage

A Cool Idea

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I just noticed a cool thing being done with a bench hook.

One of the handiest tools to have in a hand tool shop is a bench hook..  In its simplest form, it serves as just a backstop to hold a piece while sawing or otherwise working on it.  There's a fence on each side, one to hold against the bench and the other to hold the material being worked on.  It's a simple tool, a fence, one easily constructed from scraps in the shop.  Indeed, over the years I have constructed many - none really worthy of showing here, and the last I had was long ago used up as material in another project (something that seems to happen to the jigs in my shop all the time...).

For a great deal of the work one does, it doesn't have to be anymore than that.

A few days ago, the latest Evenfall Woodworks blog entry went through the old Norsewoodsmith aggregator caught my attention.  He is showing off his latest offering, a bench hook.  I know, I know - but here was a real cool idea - a new twist on a simple tool. Read more about A Cool Idea

Saw Handle Templates available online

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A short public notice for all you sawmaking-types out there - Dominic, a saw-making enthusiast for some time now and one of the moderators over at the Woodnet Hand Tool Forum along with his partner Mike have put together a web site where he has PDF's of several classic saw handles available, as well making available for purchase some of the materials you may need.  Take a look!

TGIAG (Two Guys In A Garage) Toolworks

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House Cleaning

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<p>Apologies to anyone out there trying to read this site in the last week. &nbsp;After a disastrous failed first attempt at upgrading the site software, I&#39;ve been able to restore most of the functionality to the site. &nbsp;The kicker is the upgrade was supposed to make things easier for me....</p> <p>Sorry for the inconvenience! &nbsp;I will be working on updating and adding graphics along with adding additional functionality in the near future.</p>

A Reminder for the 4th

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