There is always something going on at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Today as Roy Underhill and I were rehearsing to shoot two shows of the “The Woodwright’s Shop,” Tom Calisto was teaching a class at the school on making a dovetail saw.
During a break in the action, Tom show me how to run the Foley Automatic Retoother he uses to cut saw teeth on new sawblades. The hand-cranked retoother uses a track to pull the blade under the punch. The rake is set by angling the track as it passes by the punch.
Within a few minutes of setting up the machine, Tom was cranking out sawteeth on some webs for some frame saws.
— Christopher Schwarz