Tools used to build Musical Saws

The 3 ton punch press punches bot the single hole at the tip for the cheat as well as the holes to mate up with the holes in the handle. The current configuration is punch holes for the handle. In operation, the huge flywheel is spinning. I slide the saw in above the die and step on the pedal underneath the yellow guard. Dogs slide out and engage the wheel which in turn slams the punch down and through the saw.

Here are some saw blades which have already had the single hole punched and are now waiting for the handle holes.

Tools used to build Musical Saws

This is the router. There are three setups for this table

  • The inner plunge cut
  • The inside route using a bull nose router bit
  • The outside Route, again with a Bull nose.

Looks like there’s a stack of completed handles.

This machine is responsible for 90% of the sawdust. In clement weather I wheel it outside. The wind blows the sawdust into a patch of trees – I’m sure they enjoy the fertilizer!!!

In this shot it is in a plastic enclosure to try to contain the sawdust.

More tools to build Musical Saws

The Shear is a giant pair of scissors used to cut the metal. Here are a couple of views. When I’m making the initial cut, I feed the metal of the spool to the right, across the table and then through the shear to be chopped.

Here is a shot with some saws partially cut out. How do you like all the sharp points on the scrap lying on the floor? The business right next door to me is a recycler! I borrow a trash can from him and fill it up with all my scrap. Pretty convenient!

These are the blanks after I make the initial cut. Each one of those blanks will end up as two Baritone Saws after I make all the subsequent cuts.

Some more Tools used to build Musical Saws

This drill press has an adaptor to allow one to drill 3 holes at once. Not only does it speed things up but it makes sure the holes drilled in the handle match the holes punched in the steel!

There is also another drill station to counter sink the handles as well as deburr the hole punched in the Saw.

Actually, that drill station has 2 drill pressed, a bandsaw, a grinder, and a belt sander. – All these tools get slid around on a pallet jack as I need them – When not in use, I placed them against the wall – out of the way

Tools used to build Musical Saws

Thought it would be fun to show some of the tools used to build Musical Saws…
Here is the Chop Saw.

Chop Saw

This saw is used to chop the 6 inch boards that I have ripped into blanks to be routed into handles. Here are he boards that I start out with:

And these are the blanks I cut them into:

Musical Saw Players Map

I’ve now added a map/registry of Musical Saw Players on my Map page – A great way to locate Musical Saw players who might be nearby. Whether for jamming or teaching or learning from. If you are a Musical Saw player, please consider signing up!

I’ve finished with the move down to Florida – Things went more or less smoothly, although I had some CD’s (Virtuoso) that disappeared during the move. They are probably in some box that is currently hidden under something and I’ll find them the next time I do any sort of cleaning… Oh well.

COVID-19 is still a threat so no one is allowed in the shop – we are purely an internet business. Only folks 65 and older are being vaccinated in Florida – so I’m chomping at the bit, waiting for them to lower the age! Once I finally do get vaccinated, I’ll relax things a little bit – but will still comply with the CDC recommendations re. masks, distancing…

Changes at

We were shut down for a while to do our part to help tame Covid19… The store is back up and running. We are probably going overboard in our precautions (masks inside 100% of the time, Social distancing, no customers allowed in the store – Internet only, etc. Everything the CDC recommends and then some!)

I’m sure some time in the future we’ll look back at how crazy-paranoid we were, but oh well…

Other News, we are gearing up to move the shop down to Florida! I love Illinois and all my friends here – but hate the weather! – So that will be another disruption in our business. I’m working a lot to build up my inventory, so hopefully, I’ll be able to handle any requests!

California Saw Festival 2017

The 40th Annual Saw Festival in California!

Announcing the 40th Annual Saw Festival
August 12-13, 2017, in Santa Cruz and Felton, California.


August 12, 2017
2:00 pm Open jam at the Scribner Statue
1520 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA
6:30 pm Potluck and jam
Roaring Camp outer parking lot in Felton, CA.

August 13, 2017
10:00 am – 5:00 pm 40th Annual Saw Festival
Roaring Camp in Felton, CA.

11:00 am Musical Saw Contest on the Main Stage.
The 40th annual Saw Contest, the longest running saw contest in the world, will crown our 2017 champion.

At the festival you can jam, meet other saw players, take part in the contest, take a workshop, and hear some great saw players.

If you are planning to attend, please send an email to Also, please let us know if you are interested in performing on the main stage either as a soloist or with your group.

We hope to see you there!

Kenny Blacklock
Secretary-Treasurer, IMSA

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