I’ve read a couple of things lately about people tensioning their
saw blades by using their chest against the handle of the saw frame -
and the resulting bruises! I did that once, as I’d read that that was
how it’s done - but I didn’t like the pain or the bruise so never did
it again. Instead I devised a different method which eliminates all
the pain, and gives me a better tension anyway.
Using my chest, I very gently brace the saw frame against a dent
I’ve made in the front edge of my bench top - so that my hands are
free to partially fit the blade. Then I fit one end of the blade
(farthest from me and the handle) in the frame and tighten it and
locate the other end in its place in the other end of the frame, but
don’t tension at this stage. The difference is that then I take hold
of the handle in my left hand (I’m right handed) and push to tension
the blade, while tightening the last screw peg with my right hand.
This uses force from my arm to tension the blade, but you can still
lean into it without hurting yourself.
I’m not taking away from Lee Marshall’s wonderful new saw - it looks
great and I may have to try one if I ever get the chance. But for
those still using the traditional saw frame, the above has helped me
to do a regular job, without the associated pain and bruising, so it
may help others.
I hope everyone had a good holiday.