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Saw Talk #29: Holtzapffel Saw File Handle Dimensions

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Just a quick post for you guys out there with a lathe.

Since posting my saw sharpening video in Saw Talk #28, I’ve had a few enquiries about the saw file handles I use. I get them from an online retailer here in the UK and as far as I know they aren’t available anywhere else. That means that if you don’t live in the UK, shipping can be a bit prohibitive. So here are the dimensions (in millimetres I’m afraid) for anyone who is handy with a lathe. They are are a ‘one size fits all’ handle and are certainly the most comfortable file handles I’ve ever used. I’m sure someone could make a few bucks by knocking up a batch and posting them for sale on this blog. If you are interested in purchasing some, why not register your interest here too and hopefully there will be enough interest to convince someone to turn a batch.

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Hope this helps.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.



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Jimendo

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#1 posted 350 days ago

They are really nice looking. Don’t they ship across the pond?

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Brit

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#2 posted 350 days ago

Yes Jim they do, but it would be cheaper for someone to use their turning skill to make a batch and sell the extras to others who are interested. If you want to see how much shipping will cost, here’s a link to site.

http://www.workshopheaven.com/tools/Holtzapffel_Pattern_Walnut_Handles.html

I pretended I lived in New York and this is how the costs panned out for 10 handles when sending them via airmail and I don’t believe the cost takes account of any customs charges (if applicable). Just in case you can’t read it, the total is £48.30 which is approximately $75.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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terryR

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#3 posted 349 days ago

Thanks for the dimensions, Andy. Luckily, I now have some great saw files…but no shop time for the past month. Darn farm duties keeping me busy…

Hey, do you glue your files into the handles, or just use a friction fit, so the handle is re-usable?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#4 posted 349 days ago

Terry – No I never glue handles onto files, especially saw files, since they have only a limited life.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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terryR

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#5 posted 349 days ago

Thanks, Andy, that’s what I figured because of the short life of the file.

So, why in the heck are you having TEN handles shipped to NY? Oohhh…Don’s elves…I understand now…

LOL

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 349 days ago

Terry – ive been using the Skrewz-On handles, they don’t fit the big 8” file or the 4” xxslim file. I like em though. They appear to be beech, unfinished.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 349 days ago

You need some form of official recognition for the amount of time and effort you have exerted breathing life back into the art of saw sharpening.

Thank you Andy.

-- ~Tony

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Brit

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#8 posted 349 days ago

Thanks Tony. Funny how things work out isn’t it. I never thought when I started this blog all those months ago that I would become so fascinated by a tool that on the face of it is nothing more than a sheet of steel with a jagged edge secured to a wooden handle with a few bolts. Truth is, a saw isn’t a simple tool at all and there are many little details that come together to make a saw cut well. It has been a humbling, rewarding and sometimes frustrating journey for me, but I wouldn’t have missed it for all the tea in China. I now feel that I really understand these tools and that understanding has led to me appreciating them more and using them more effectively and efficiently.

I can’t thank all you guys enough for your encouragement along the way. There were times when I doubted I would ever learn to sharpen well, but you all carried me through those times and now I think no more of sharpening one of my saws than I do of sharpening a chisel or a plane iron.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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chrisstef

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#9 posted 348 days ago

+1 to what Tony said.

A medal, a badge, a hat …. Get this man some adornments.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 348 days ago

with some trumpets in the background!!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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jjw5858

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#11 posted 348 days ago

As always Andy, the best handsaw info is always here with your informative blog work. Thank you for always providing great detailed information. Hope all is well, take care.

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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Brit

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#12 posted 348 days ago

You guys crack me up. Do you mean something like this Don? LOL.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#13 posted 348 days ago

Ahhhh, now we’re talkin!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#14 posted 346 days ago

Andy deserves the LJ of the year award if such an award exists. If not there should be one!

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

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chrisstef

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#15 posted 346 days ago

Yea Maur you’re on to something …. kinda like ESPN does the Arthur Ashe award for courage. We could dub this the Andy Award for Kickin Ass.

Ya got my vote … (cue the trumpets)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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