Cutting saw teeth with a fly press

Discussion in 'Saw Makers Forum' started by lui, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. lui

    lui Most Valued Member

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    Hi All,

    I have very recently acquired a fly press with tooling for cutting saw teeth. The fly press originally belonged to a saw doctor.

    I haven't cleaned it or bolted it down yet, but I thought I'd give you a demo and show you what it can do.

    The guides are adjustable so you can cut any size tooth at any angle.


    It's a Norton No 1 fly press.
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    Here is the tooling and guides.
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    I'm cutting some copper here just to show how it works, as I haven't bolted the press down yet. You slide the toe of the saw up against the stop guide.
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    This shows the tooling about to cut the blank.
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    After cutting.
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    Slide the blank forward so the cut tooth meets the stop guide.
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    And here is another tooth.
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    Repeat the process.
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    The end result, you will note the flat spots to the points of the teeth, this allows you to file the teeth and maintain the straight edge. These are 5 ppi.
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    At the moment I'm looking to use it to retooth some of my more way-ward saws. But I'd like to have a go at making some rip and cross cut saws.

    Where is the best place to get quality saw steel?

    Hope the above was interesting.

    regards

    lui
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011
  2. mattsworld

    mattsworld Member

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    Lui....wow...that's amazing!

    I have wanted a fly press toother since I read about Andrew Lunn's....I am jealous man!!!

    Please keep us updated on how it goes in use.

    -Matt
     
  3. ray

    ray Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Lui,

    Nice acquisition! I can see how that would beat filing hands down, having seen that, I'm going to keep an eye open for a fly press.

    I actually bought one last year on ebay for a customer whose company purchasing policy didn't permit ebay purchases. It was a larger one but it was missing the arm. I'll see if I can get a picture in the next week or so.

    Regards
    Ray
     
  4. lui

    lui Most Valued Member

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    The presses can be quite cheap, but the tooling isn't. I was lucky, mine came all together.

    good luck with your hunting

    lui