With the horse finished (literally as in 2 coats of shellac) the only thing missing was 2 handles for the ride. as it seems the horses ears were a good alternative and worked well, but proper round handles would probably be more comfortable for younger ones and well, I have the mounting holes for them already so better put them to good use.
My original idea was to use mahogany for the handles as I have a left over of mahogany that was my workbench wagon vise handle that was transformed into a wheel (see post )but while I think by me turning it too slow that it tore up I just didn’t care much for the way the handle felt to the touch:
I decided to do the unthinkable and just go to the BORG and get a dowel. while there I decided to go with the OAK dowel (states on it that it’s made in the US) as opposed to the asian alternative of “hardwood” that looked like poplar. the Oak just had more character to it (which transfered to $$ but not that extreme). I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some kids time in the shop so I took my daughter into the garage and let her help me cut the 2 handles off of the rod with a japanese pull saw.
Now I’ve heard the phrase “the Pen is mightier than the Sword” but never “the Dowel is mightier than the Saw”. Somehow (beyond my grasp at the moment) sawing the dowel caused the saw teeth to get stuck in the wood and break off from the saw. I can only guess that this saw was nearing it’s time for replacement and some heat in the binding did this, but yeah –
you can see the missing teeth in the dowel – they are really stuck in there:
I have been holding off (for lack of time) on building a panel/bow saw but wanted to build one for a while now. I guess this means I’ll have to get to it sooner than later.
Back to the handles, with a little rounding over on the OBS (Osc. Belt Sander) and some light hand sanding on the shank where it goes into the hole to make it fit the handles are a tight and firm fit:
all in all, a fun time in the shop (I recently reorganized and cleaned it up so it’s roomier and is safe to walk around in for the little one).
Thanks for reading,
-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.