- Slotted Saw Backs -


Blackburn Tools slotted spines in brass and bronze

Whether you are building a small dovetail saw or a tenon saw suitable for small timber frames, you will find a suitable back below.

Available in lengths ranging from nine to eighteen inches. The edges come square, but can easily be chamfered, rounded, or shaped to simulate the look of a folded back with files.

Slots are accurately milled to ensure a good fit that requires a minimum of truing or adjustment after assembly. Blades can be held in the back with epoxy, Loctite 243 (medium or blue threadlocker), rivets or screws, or by squeezing the slot closed (in which case the blade is held in place by friction, much like a folded spine).

Custom sizes available on request. Please contact me for a quote.

Material note: All sizes of backs are available in brass; due to the limited availability of raw material, a limited range of back sizes are available in architectural bronze.

Architectural bronze is physically and visually similar to brass, but has just a tinge of pink or red in it. In my opinion, it also ages much more gracefully. If you want a strict traditional look, you will prefer the brass spine.


Resources: Making your own saw, while a very rewarding project, can be daunting. While there is no substitute for actually making one, many of us are not inclined to jump right into things. These resources will help you get started on your saw.


Other saw parts: If you need other parts for your saw, I also sell split nut saw bolts, truncated cone saw bolts, and toothed backsaw blades. Or buy a slotted back saw kit and save a few dollars.


Made in the USA.






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