I sold my trusty Atkins rip saw a few weeks ago with the intent of replacing it with a custom made saw. It took a little longer to finish than I had anticipated, but it’s finally done. This is the result.
I designed the saw to be a better fit for me than my old Atkins ripper. I’m only 5’6″, and the Atkins was 28″ long; too long for me. If I wasn’t careful, I would hit the floor with the toe of the saw in use. Of course I could have made my saw bench higher, but this would not be ergonomically appropriate as it would put me off balance and uncomfortable during sawing. Better to make the saw bench to fit your height (about knee high) and make sure your saw fits you as well. I had made do with the too long for me saw for long enough. Now I no longer have to make do. This one fits me perfectly.
The specs on this one:
- 24″ Long Saw Plate (0.032″ thick 1095 steel from Dom Greco)
- 9/16″ Slpit Nuts and Saw Bolts (Wenzloff)
- Cherry 18th Century Style Handle (oil & wax finish)
- 5-1/2 PPI, Rip, 4 Degrees Rake
The handle on this was blatantly copied from the pictures of the saws that Adam Cherubini sells on his sight. While I would never copy Adam’s work for a saw I intended to sell, this one is for my own personal use, so I’m sure Adam won’t mind. The handle is kind of unique on this 18th century design as it is actually not possible to grab it with 4 fingers. Not that you’re supposed to anyway, but most newer style handles are much more roomy than this style. I can grab my Kenyon style handle with four fingers. I can grab pretty much all more modern style handles (Disstons, Atkins, etc.) with four fingers. This one I cannot. It forces you to use a proper 3 finger grip, which I think is a good thing. I have only given it a few test cuts at this point, but I think I’m really going to like this saw.