Handsaws, a rehab story

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-07-2012 06:53 PM 1562 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started out simple enough, I had a couple backsaws, with those ugly, black plastic handles. Decided to make a couple new handle out of some wood in the shop. Didn’t turn out too bad, but i needed a source of “hardware” for these saws, as one needed an extra (new) sawnut. So, went downtown ( walked) to a couple thrift stores, and bought a few old saws @ $2 each. Got the part I needed for the backsaw, and finished them up>

Now, I thought I was “finished”, right? Wrong, I now had three other saws to work on.

A little 10” backsaw, with handle trouble, a Thumbhole D8 with a handle part missing

And a plywood handle that just had to go..

A chunk of Black Walnut took care of the first item

A piece from the backsaw’s old handle, took care of item #2

As for item #3, that would involve a NEW handle, modeled on the old one. I had some old barm wood, 1” thick Sycamore. Wasn’t quite wide enough, so a glue-up was needed. Sabresawed the blank out

Ran a router around to round-over the edges ( easier on the hands, that way) and did a test fit

Some stain and varnish finsished things off. But, there are no sawnuts for this saw!!! I know, I’ll walk back downtown and get a few more saws! And down the slope i went. Started with just two saws, and end up with 10.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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