E T Roberts & Lee Dorchester Tenon Saw - No. 580

roberts and lee dorchester tenon saw
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Dorchester Tenon Saw Review By: I.Ball

Category: New Tenon Saws

Manufacturer: Thomas Flinn & Co.

Tool Type: Tenon Saw

Tool Range: E.T. Roberts & Lee

Model No: Dorchester, No. 580

The E.T. Roberts & Lee Dorchester tenon saw review covers the Roberts & Lee saw number 580 made by Thomas Flinn & Co of Sheffield, England.

The Roberts & Lee Dorchester tenon saw is one of two types of tenon saw from the Roberts & Lee range.

The Roberts & Lee saw making was taken over by Thomas Flinn & Co in 2008 with the Dorchester range and Parkstone range added to Thomas Flinn's extensive range of British made saws.

At the time in 2008, Roberts & Lee were believed to be the last large British saw manufacturer in the UK other than Thomas Flinn & Co.

roberts and lee tenon saw dorchester

The Dorchester tenon saw is made in three different blade sizes:

     - 10 inch
     - 12 inch
     - 14 inch

The saws are made with a choice of two teeth type:

     - Rip
     - Crosscut

The design of the rip teeth make it ideal for cutting with the grain and the design of the crosscut teeth make it ideally suited for cutting across the grain.

These saws have 13 tpi (teeth per inch), with hand sharpened teeth which can be resharpened again and again for a long life.

roberts and lee tenon saw dorchester

The Dorchester tenon saw has a heavy brass spine which has the multi-function of offering tension to the blade, balance, extra control and an attractive decorative look.

The saw is fitted with a lovely walnut handle which is finished with Danish oil.

The handle is secured to the blade with the use of three brass split-nut buttons. The split-nut buttons sit flush with the handle, adding to the attractiveness of the saw.

Split-nut buttons are the old style of button which were prominent in the Victorian era (19th century). Should the need arise, split-nut buttons ideally require a special split-nut screwdriver to adjust the screws.

The saw blade has a good, traditional E.T. Roberts & Lee etching in keeping with old tenon saws.

The Dorchester tenon saw is presented in a black sleeve.


Saw Construction

Handle: Walnut with a Danish Oil finish

Number Of Buttons: 3

Type Of Buttons: Brass, Split-nut

Blade Markings:
'E.T. Roberts & Lee, 580, Made In England, Dorchester, Alloy Steel, High Grade, Don Works, Norwich, England, NR13 6PX'


Manufactured Dates

2008 - Today


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