Instructions — Back Saw

Tensioning a backsaw plate

Posted by Robert Streeper on

The use of the words ‘tension’ and ‘tensioning’ in the area of custom handsaw manufacture is surrounded by a cloud of mystery and misperception. As it pertains to backsaws, tension, refers to the grip of the folded saw back on the plate or blade of the saw. If the tension of the saw back causes the plate to be stretched or compressed longitudinally the tooth line of the saw plate will be deflected and will look as if it is bent. Correcting a problem of this nature is really very easy. On the other hand, tensioning as it is used in reference to hand or panel...

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