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..
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?