Rip Saw #1: First steps

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Blog entry by Lane posted 01-25-2013 03:20 AM 1208 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Picked up a rip saw blade at a local antique store for $5.00.

5 ppi, and in good shape. Only one broken tooth, but it’s right at the heel so it won’t be an issue

Decided to make a D8-ish handle out of some pecan stock…liked how the light wood contrasted with the dark blade. Here it is after a test fit with the rough handle.

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#1 posted 01-25-2013 09:00 PM

No, no no. You can’t just go from “Thought I’d make a handle,” to “And here’s the handle.” Me thinks there are a few missing steps in there somewhere that your fellow LJs would love to read about.

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 09:37 PM

Heh. O.K., how about this…

I’ve always like the D8 thumbhole handle on a rip saw. When I found this blade, I searched online and found a pattern for one, but the holes don’t line up (because it’s most likely either a different Disston model or not a Disston at all.) I search through some different styles (Disston, Groves, etc.), but found nothing that matched.

So, I adapted the shape of the Disston pattern to fit the saw blade. Hand planed the piece to remove a slight cup, then traced out the pattern with carbon paper. The finger and thumbholes and a couple of exterior curves were started with forstner bits, then finished with the jig saw. Did a preliminary rounding of the edges and shaped up the nose of the handle with rasp/file. Cut the groove for the blade and test fit it. Nice, snug fit.

Now to make a hardware decision on saw nuts and finish the fit on the handle (more rasp/file time). Then apply some finish, clean up the blade some, give the teeth a light touch with the file and start cutting wood.

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