There are many different ways to remove the spine from a backsaw. I believe that my method minimizes the amount of bending on the plate compared to clamping the saw in a vise and beating on the spine with a block of wood and a hammer.
|The key pieces are the two heavy angle iron pieces that are lined with leather to protect the saw and a slotted brass plate. Any metal is fine as long as it is softer than the spine.|
|A small pry bar is used as a lever. The saw plate is clamped between the two pieces of iron in a woodworking vise. A large bench vise will work too.|
|The brass plate is slipped under the spine to protect it from the tool during the removal process.|
|The pry bar is placed under the brass plate. The bend in the pry bar acts as a fulcrum against the angle iron, pushing the spine upwards as the pry bar is pushed down.|
|Continue removing the spine by pushing down on the pry bar. It may be necessary to reposition the plate to get more leverage.|
|Once the spine has been partially removed from the plate, it is rotated upward by hand to remove it completely.|
|To be continued...(spine installation!)|