Saw Screws and Caps

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  • #651763
    Matthew Newman
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    Paul mentioned getting saw screws and caps in his recent blog posts about upgrading an S&J saw. Was it ever mentioned what he ended up using? I have the same S&J saw and if like do the same upgrade (and another cheaper saw that needs a new handle outright) but I don’t know where to even look or what I’m looking for. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    -Matt

    #651772
    Larry Geib
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    Google :

    Saw nut, sex bolt, barrel bolt, Chicago screw, post and screw or connector bolt.

    You can narrow your search by including serrated, truss head, and oversize in your search.

    I usually part out old saws, but highland woodworking offers the saw nuts Thomas Finn uses on their Pax, Linx, and Garlick saws for 1.75 – $4.50 each, depending on material and style. Hyland calls them saw bolts and caps.

    The old fashioned split nuts are available from a bunch of suppliers, including Blackburn, Gramercy, Taytools, and others.

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    #652137
    Dionysios P
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    If you are in the UK you may also try Workshop Heaven. I have used their saw screws on my S&J tenon saw. A bit pricey (£2.50 per screw) but good quality.

    #652152
    Ecky H
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    If you’re in Germany, there are at least two “local” sources.
    The very pricier one is – of course – Fine Tools: https://www.fine-tools.com/make-your-own-saw.html

    The other one is to use slotted metric raised countersunk-head screws (DIN 964 standard) and matching sleeve nuts.
    The latter doesn’t look as fine as the dedicated screws from Fine Tools, but they’ll do the job and are much, much cheaper.
    Built my saw with such screws – in the handle and in the back.
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    Every good wholesale dealer in fastening technology should be able to sell such screws to you.

    E.

    Veni, vidi, serravi.

    Münster, Germany

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    #652179
    Julio T.
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    I bought six saw screws of those that are sold in Workshop Heaven. They are good quality screws, but they are rather short for using them in a 7/8″ thick handle, and if you want to use them you must make recesses in the handle. In fact, I think that they are the ones that appear in Paul’s post.

    #652325
    Matthew Newman
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    Ecky that is a beautiful saw! And that link lead me down a rabbit hole that ended up at Blackburn Tools (who makes the saw parts sold by fine tools) where now I want to make a couple saws outright

    I ordered a couple from Highland Woodworking, I’ll see how they work out on the cheap saw first since I don’t really use that one right now because it has a plastic handle.

    #652821
    Matthew Newman
    Participant

    My Highland Woodworking screws and caps arrived today, and of the four sets I ordered only one actually threads together with three of the caps having messed up threads.

    #652847
    YrHenSaer
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    My Highland Woodworking screws and caps arrived today, and of the four sets I ordered only one actually threads together with three of the caps having messed up threads.

    Have you considered complaining to them?

    #652876
    Matthew Newman
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    Yes, I’ll be following up with them. I’m sure they’ll take care of me just bad luck on my part

    #653216
    Matthew Newman
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    On a whim I ran an M5x0.8 tap through the caps and solved the problem. My guess is that the bronze plating altered the threads since I had gotten the bronze plated ones and not the solid brass

    #653307
    Larry Geib
    Participant

    Score!

    #657473
    Matthew Newman
    Participant

    I got a little distracted, instead of refining the handle on my S&J I ended up getting a dovetail saw kit from Blackburn Tools and making a handle from scratch (I’ll post a better picture once it’s done)

    The Highland Woodworking ones are nice, maybe a bit plain stylistically speaking. The Blackburn Tools saw nuts are really nice as well, perhaps a bit flashier.

    -Matt Newman

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    #658381
    Allen Metcalf
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    Does anyone know how to tighten the brass split screws on flinn garlick saws, my handles getting a little loose but a standard flat screwdriver does not fit??

    #658385
    Larry Geib
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    Does anyone know how to tighten the brass split screws on flinn garlick saws, my handles getting a little loose but a standard flat screwdriver does not fit??

    You need a split nut driver.
    Gramercy makes a split nut driver tip that fits any 1/4” socket tool for about $10 or you can grind the middle out of a regular flat screw driver.

    https://toolsforworkingwood.com/store/item/GT-SPLIT.XX

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