I have collected allot of hand saws from auctions and flea markets and they have been accumulating in various places in the shop. Some have been restored, some are waiting to be restored, some are just useful for parts or stock for scrapers, etc… I decieded I wanted to build a wall mounted saw till, but I didn’t want to spend any money on the project.
The plan was for a simple wall mounted cabinet tall enough for the saws to rest vertically on a dowel with doors and some drawers for files, and suck. I came across a pile of lumber reclaimed from an old barn for free and thought this is perfect. Old lumber for my old saws, and I would make it all with hand tools just to make it that much more special.
The lumber was in pretty bad shape, beat up with oil, dirt, nails, etc… It had been part of the floor, and it seemed like hardwood as I loaded it in my trailer. After pressure washing and drying it bacame apparent that it is just a pine of some sort. It’s pretty tight grained and hard for pine, but it’s very brittle and prone to splitting. I like the character of it and although it’s being a major pain to work with, I’m pressing on and using it anyway.
Removing the hardware took me a long time. There were all sorts of bits of metal and grit embeded in the boards. I selected boards and marked out parts such that the worst looking defects would be removed or located in a less visible area of the finished piece.
I milled up the sides of the case. Hand planned, on four sides, but only cleaning up enough to get a flat surface on the boards. Then I hand cut some joints and dry fitted the case together.
It’s been a slow project, started it late last summer, but havn’t had much time to invest it it. Once it gets cold here in PA it’s hard to work in my unheated shop.
I’ll try to get some pics up and add some progress reports as I get time to work on it.
-- Herb Hall, Athens, PA