I can now receive payments on my “For sale” page

Thanks for your patience while I’ve set up my paypal links. You can now order through my ” For sale” page. It will send you to an Etsy/Paypal link. Also, I’ve added a new page for sending a $100.00 deposit on custom work and backordered saws, and to secure a spot on my back log, it too will send you to the same link. Thanks,  Kevin Reeves, North Wind Toolworks

Trimming a butterfly key, in a burl slab, with the NO.1 Compass saw.



Moxon and No.1 Compass saws in use

Following are some photos and commentary on the Moxon and No.1 Compass saws in use.

A brief note about the filing on my saws: My saws are filed without fleam, which as evidence suggests, is how saws were filed in centuries past. We can’t know this for sure though. These are a few things I’ve discovered about fleam-less saws:

  1. They crosscut quite well.
  2. They are easy to sharpen.
  3. They are not really “fleam-less”, as a small amount of angle is always introduced into the tooth during hand filing, though it may be a negligable amount.

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”  Friedrich Nietzsche



ImageCrosscutting with the Moxon saw.

ImageRough dovetails, with the Moxon saw.

ImageSawing a small dado with the Moxon Saw.

ImageDovetail cut with the Moxon saw.

The following series of photos shows me using both saws to fix a joint that I botched. I accomplish this by clamping the defective joint, and  kerfing it in, until it’s tight. The Compass saw is provided with a small chiseled hole on the inside of the joint.ImageMan, that’s one ugly duckling!ImageKerfing in the top.ImageKerfing in the center with the No.1 Compass saw. Repeat these steps until the joint closes up.ImageIt’s still ugly, but it will do for rough joinery.ImageExample of No.1 Compass saw, in use.




The Moxon Saw


First, let me introduce myself: my name is Kevin Reeves, owner and operator of North Wind Toolworks.


At the top  of the page is my interpretation of the saw in plate 4 of Joseph Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises. It’s made mostly to scale, with my own touches to make it  comfortable and nice looking. I say mostly to scale, because if I’d exactly followed it to scale, it would have felt like holding a sharp, weird, banana-shaped stick! Not a comfy saw, and of course we can’t take the drawing in plate 4 as a literal example of what the saw was like, as it’s only a wee sketch.

 I embellished, and added my own touches, to create a form that I am truly happy with. I find myself often reaching for this saw, mostly for secondary cuts (quickly knocking down a small board or dowel, cutting a kerf for the wedge in a hammer handle, etc.), but the saw is capable of rough joinery (don’t expect it to replace your dovetail saw). The saw is fairly aggressive, and is a bit jumpy to start, but once the kerf is established, cuts very nicely, both rip and crosscut, even though it is essentially a rip saw.  The handle on this one is figured maple. I’ll post more in the future about the Moxon saw in use.    

When I first began working on creating this saw, it seemed really goofy, and just plain wrong. I was thinking that whoever designed it perhaps had powdered their wig a bit too much that day, or dipped into the glue pot one time too many. But as I chipped away and designed something that could be used comfortably, I saw its beauty and simplicity. On first inspection, the top horn looks all wrong, but I found it facilitates a nice overhand grip for ripping. So powder up your wigs, tighten them shoe buckles, and get to sawing! No fleam, thank you.


 A note about my split nut hardware on the saws: You may notice that the bolt itself has two little indents in the head. Not a traditional form. So in this regard my hardware isn’t strictly traditional. I feel it is superior to traditional split nuts, as you can easily crank down your saw bolts when needed, and not strip out your split nuts. A small screw driver or split nut driver can be inserted into the split nut to hold it stationary if needed, while tightening or loosening the saw bolt. A special driver for my hardware is included with each saw order. ImageImage