Fun with hand saws #8: Completed re-handle

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 11-18-2013 02:17 AM 1809 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well… I did it. My first hand saw re-handle.

I spent most of last night and quite a bit of today shaping this thing. I started out last night drilling for the nuts and cutting the mortis for the blade and spline. Fits quite nicely.

So a little shaping later..

And then more shaping and a coat of tired and true..

Blade installed..

Now a side by side..

I did all the shaping with a few rasps. I found I really like the Japanese Milled tooth files the best. They leave a really clean surface so there is little sanding that needs to be done. And then of course the final sanding.. because I use mostly hand tools, I don’t keep much sand paper around, and the first grit I have around is 220 because that’s where I start sanding pens. So the sanding took a while, then 320, 400 and then I used steel wool.

This quick little project started the other day while I was cleaning my shop. I am in between projects right now and I have another show this coming weekend, and I don’t want to start another project the show is over.. so cleaning it is. Of course while cleaning there is nothing to do but think… so here is a list of things that I though up while working on the saw handle and cleaning..
1. I need to make a saw till.
2. Make a box or organization system for my drill bits to keep by the drill press.
3. I really want to build a marquetry chevy.
4. Contemplating going full hand tool and selling my table saw.
5. I really want to make myself some moulding planes.

Aaahhh…. but where to start?

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#1 posted 11-18-2013 02:21 AM

what kind of blade did you use to make the mortise for the plate?

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 11-18-2013 02:34 AM

I used the saw itself to cut the kerf for the saw, I used my chisels to cut the mortise for the portion where the spline sits.

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 02:47 AM

Nicely done, this is on my to do list for sure. You did a great job. I’ve been reading Paul Sellers’ old blogs and he shapes handles with a chisel (or gouge maybe), but a rasp seems to have less risk of ruining something.

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 11:13 AM

Nice work Jeremy, beautiful handle. Now that you have made a list, you have to prioritize it and get to work on it. I’a a consummate list maker and I love it when I can scratch things off the list.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 03:08 PM

Very nice Jeremy, the handle looks to nice for the blade. I guess its not about looks but how it feels and cuts:)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 06:35 PM

Well done J.

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

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