The mounting screws were a bit peculiar. I am not sure what thread is on them, but it seems incredibly coarse for the small diameter. It also only covers just enough to seat the nut for one turn.
First I filed the holes square, so that the square shank of the screws could be inserted. After testing I ended up having to deepen the recesses for two of the screws with a bit, in order for the thread to be able to catch the nut.
The blade went on without any problems, which was nice. The spine protrudes a bit on the front of the blade, but so it did before I took the saw apart, and I am OK with that.
Pedder had filed the saw before sending it to me which was fantastic since he is so much better at doing that than I am.
So It tested the saw a couple of times and it is a joy to use. It saws straight down without any tendency to wander off.
The saw is really heavy, so there is no need to ad any pressure to get it to cut. It seems a bit heavy on the front, but given the length of 22" that is hardly a surprise.
All in all I am happy with the result, and I like that saw. The size will make it great for bigger stuff like making tenons or dovetails on window frames and other large scale joinery.
After testing the saw, I applied another coat of varnish to the handle. That way I figured that if had made any scratches in the mounting of the saw plate it would be fixed.
Simpson tenon saw, elm handle.
Tenon saw rehab.
My fancy photo studio setup.