Hand Tool Journey #45: Just A Quick Distraction.. Kids Handsaw Build #1

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Blog entry by Airframer posted 10-13-2014 09:28 PM 2181 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I am smack in the middle of a workbench build for my 16 month old and we are currently waiting on a part to arrive in the mail I thought I would pass the time with a side project for the kid.

We were strolling through our neighborhood dollar store the other day looking at Halloween decor and such when I came across a small 12” saw.

As an actual usable saw I think I would have been taken for a ride with the $1 price tag but as a starting point for a junior sized “saw” it was worth it.

This weekend I set about re-shaping the saw plate to give it a bit of a vintage skew back look to it. Along with removing most of the tooth line (that will get chucked into my saw vise and the remainder of the teeth will be rounded over for additional safety).

Then this morning I printed out a scaled down template for a Disston D7 Panel saw from TGIAG. It took some trial and error and a few misprints to get the size just right but I think this works pretty well and it fits his hand just right.

Tip ‘o’ the day here.. when making a new tote.. print out a second template that is mirrored. This allows you to get the contour lines even on both sides of the handle.

Then I found a cherry cut off that had just enough usable space to get this little guy cut out of and went to work drilling and cutting it out.

(Had to measure and mark the new hole sizes first)

And fresh off the scroll saw here is where we sit now. Should be shaping it sometime tomorrow.

I think I will also sand the plate to 220 to get the shine off and give it a bit more vintage look.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#1 posted 10-13-2014 09:32 PM

I hope that’s a three finger grip… can’t start bad habits early, Dad.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#2 posted 10-13-2014 09:37 PM

I hope that s a three finger grip… can t start bad habits early, Dad.

- ToddJB

Yep, three in the grip with one pointing to the cut ;-)

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#3 posted 10-13-2014 11:50 PM

that’s awesome!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 02:28 AM

too cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 02:38 PM

Nice work pop! Junior will be styling.

-- ~Tony

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