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My house was built around 1868 by Warren Bundy, a carpenter who invented a legendary handsaw tooth design (BMT). The design featured an angled gullet and a raker that worked like a chisel to remove the wood between the two parallel lines scored due to the set of the cutters. Before this, most saw either had cutters that also did duty as rakers (by default) or rakers that really just scrapped the saw dust out of the cut (rather than a chisel action).

Some saw sharpeners did swage rakers to achieve the chisel effect, but this saw eliminated the swaging step.

This saw also was a combination saw (rip, crosscut and miter saws in one). The amazing thing is that it did all three tasks exceedingly well.

It cut “faster, easier, and cleaner than any other saw” and is still a prized hand saw today. I asked about BMT saws on a woodworking forum recently and an owner of a Warren Bundy saw stated, “I have never used a saw that cut so fast and so smoothly...” As a carpenter and woodworker, it was a fantastic discovery that an inventor of a legendary hand saw, was likely the carpenter who built the hotel that is now my home. Bundy also invented saw setting and weeding tools.

Cheers,

Bass
 

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Bass I'm confused:blink: Are these saws still made? If not lets start making them! :thumbsup:

When did you change to Tuba Hero? I'm confused on so many levels:eek:
I don't think the BMT saw has been in production in the last 100 years. I think Disston bought the company and they may have buried the design, in favor of their own. Not sure.

It would be great to resurrect it.

The Tuba Hero is just funny to me. I'm trying to keep up with the Guitar Hero thing... in my own strange way.:laughing:
 

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I don't think the BMT saw has been in production in the last 100 years. I think Disston bought the company and they may have buried the design, in favor of their own. Not sure.

It would be great to resurrect it.

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If that is the case the patent has run out long ago and is in the public domain. Go for it guys!
 

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Make it a real challenge and go for Accordian Hero.
Great history on your place, thanks for sharing
It is a very remarkable history. I'll post more about it as I have time.

This is Polka country here... Tubas and Accordians go together, you betcha!:laughing:

If that is the case the patent has run out long ago and is in the public domain. Go for it guys!
Sounds like a plan!:shifty:
 

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Here is a pic of the place in the 1920's, when the building was only 60 years old. Now she's 140.

Bass,

Do you think that awning was original? I would be hesitant to stand under there in mid-March with a snow load being held up like that. :w00t:
 

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Bass,

Do you think that awning was original? I would be hesitant to stand under there in mid-March with a snow load being held up like that. :w00t:
Hi Berg,

I suspect the suspended roof was added around the turn of the century. The building was set on the street and the porch deck was like part of the sidewalk. The benefit of the design was no posts to run into after you had a few drinks in the tavern. I think it was removed when the building was moved 50' back from the road in 1932 and set on a new foundation.

I'm considering making some curved brace brackets to support a new porch roof. No posts, but better support.

Regards,

Bass
 

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The benefit of the design was no posts to run into after you had a few drinks in the tavern.
The drawback of course was a lack of posts to tie up your trusty get away steed



I'm considering making some curved brace brackets to support a new porch roof. No posts, but better support.
That would look sharp
 
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