Gents saw handle remodel

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Blog entry by andyboy posted 05-10-2012 12:39 AM 2780 reads 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a quick look at a one of my student’s fitting his remodeled handle to his dovetail saw.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 01:04 AM

Nothing like a good grip! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 02:37 AM

Why use rivets? I think i would have use screws and done it that way. I probably would not ruin a gents saw to make it more like a regular dovetail saw. If the project was to build a nice saw tote and put a saw together the gramercy kit may have been a better choice. I think it is only like 60 dollars for the kit and they have a great plan for the tote. I was able to get some great apple wood on eBay and it was spalted apple. The best wood for a tote according to Henry Disston. I think every woodworker should make some of their own tools I think I would have done this a bit differently but the kid worked hard . A ball pean hammer would have helped with the rivets. My fear of the rivets is they will loosen up all the time and be a hassle for the user. An A for effort

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 03:31 AM

I have used screws in previous years but thought I would try save a few dollars. When you have 20 students it does add up. As for the”gents” saw it is what we have been supplied with and what our budget allows. The sausage handle doesn’t do it for me on too many applications. $60.00 to buy somebody else’s kit doesn’t do it for me either. The design we have traced is very comfortable and a pleasure to use. I will keep you posed if it comes loose. Thanks for the tip on the ball pean hammer too. I did note that in the video. A tool we don’t have at the moment.Yes I agree making some of our own tools. We made a mallet, marking gauge and a hand plane this year. I reckon we could make our own chisels too but haven’t gone that far yet.
Thanks for taking the time to comment

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 07:35 AM

Think i mght have shared this before: When my dad gave me a set of hand tools and showed me the proper way to use and treat them ,I asked…”Can I use your power tools?” He said “learn how to use the hand tools first, your mistakes will be smaller.” “Then you can use power tools.”

I think you have taken this philosophy one step farther. LOL! A worker is only as good as his tools, but in this case s/he is part of the tool.

Poverty is a other of invention!

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#5 posted 05-10-2012 11:58 AM

Nice looking handle with a great finish,keep up the good work.

-- Rodman

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#6 posted 05-10-2012 02:36 PM

Thanks for posting this Andy. I have a similar style saw and I agree, the handle it came with just doesn’t work. Looks like I’ll be doing this modification.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#7 posted 05-10-2012 02:43 PM

A mallet, a scribe, and a saw. You have shown them how to harden a chisel as well. If the rivets give out they will probbly buy some screws. :-)

Are these the second year students?

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#8 posted 05-10-2012 03:11 PM

I need to do the same modification. The straight handle on the gents saw becomes very uncomfortable quickly. Your handle came out great.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 05-10-2012 04:08 PM

cool handle thx

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#10 posted 05-10-2012 04:57 PM

thanks for sharing Andy

I have the book of Steve A. Olesin
Tool-Making Projects
for Joinery
and Woodworking

its a great book showing how to make tools without the need of blacksmith work :-)
in the book he show how to use a cardscraber to make a dovetailsaw
and to make two saws out of a gentsaw
since he find the blade on a gentsaw to bee tooo long for the high of it
to be comfortable enof to controll

its just one of many tools he show how to make I find it has been a great book to
read and a good way of being introduced to toolmaking
he does show it with a glimt of humor and right down to earth

maybee an inspiration surce for you to the class

take care

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#11 posted 05-10-2012 10:10 PM

Andy before your kids all buy a dove tail saw next year contact gramercy and ask for a discount on several saw kits at once they are nice guys and if it is for a school ill bet they come through and the kids will have a saw that is 10 times the saw they are currently using IMHO if i can help you get this done I will

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#12 posted 05-12-2012 02:14 PM

Andy your student did a nice job on his dovetail saw.

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