So this blog entry will be pretty short. In truth, creating a saw tote doesn’t take more than half a day in the shop to cut out the wood, shape it and get the first coat of finish on it. This blog seems long, but I did try to cover a lot of the details for those that care about such things.
In this final installment of the little gents saw conversion, we install the saw back, line up the saw plate, install the split nuts, give it some test cuts, make a final adjustment or two, oil it and admire our work.
So without further ado, here we go…
I insert the saw plate into the spine and put it back together.
I insert the split nuts and check to make sure they are flush.
Then its as simple as putting on each split nut using a split nut driver. Be careful not to mar the nut or the side of the saw tote.
Might as well clock the split nuts…
I put a light coat of jojoba oil on the plate to act as a rust inhibitor and lubricant.
Lets give it a few test cuts.
It cuts straight, but I bet we can make it cut smoother and perhaps faster. I install my saw vice and locate my saw files.
A couple of light strokes on each tooth…
And now we have a saw worthy to hang next to the other real saws.
Taking a photograph of the handle’s figure has proven impossible. The grain really pops and every angle brings some really stunning chatoyance. The layers of the penetrating oil finish were worth it.
So, would I build another saw like this? Maybe with a few friends if they had a desire to give this a try. It was more to document the process. A gents saw and two split nuts will set you back $20-30 on average. A nice slotted brass back, custom saw plate and machined saw nuts are not that much more money and will give you a much better final product. I would suggest anyone who has never made a saw before, give this a try. If you enjoyed the process and learned some valuable lessons, buy a kit or do the whole thing from scratch.
Thanks for following along!
-- Regards, Norm