Saw Till #1: First Cuts

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Blog entry by Brian S posted 02-28-2012 04:43 AM 2806 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I started my saw till.

It’s been a long time coming, let me tell you. I’ve had 3 full-size hand saws and 2 backsaws for a while now, but I was putting off making a place for them to live for lots of reasons. Primarily, most of them have not yet been cleaned up, so putting them in a nice rack seemed silly.

Then yesterday, my new Bad Axe hybrid dovetail/carcase saw arrived, and I could no longer wait. I needed somewhere to put this beauty right away.

No plans for this one, folks. I’m just going to use whatever I’ve got, and fly by the seat of my pants. Oh, and I only want to use hand tools for this one (just for fun, and practice). There’s some cheating, since many of the scraps I’ve got around were ripped to width on a table saw, or already sent through my planer.

First part is the sides of the case. Just a quick cut out so that it’s a bit bigger than my largest saw. You can still see the sticker from the garage sale when I bought it – I really need to get around to cleaning it up and sharpening it off!

Next up is the bottom. I had this piece of 3/4 birch plywood left over from when I built my bench top (you can tell, I think), and it’s 2’ long, so that’s exactly how wide my till will be, I guess.

Now for the part that the saw handles will rest on. I’ve seen people use dowels, but I’ve heard that they can sag under the weight, so I’ve just got a scrap of pine about 2-3” wide. I rounded over one side with a jack plane for the handles to rest upon.

I’ve got french cleats up on my wall already, so I’ll be hanging this on the cleats. I think this cleat is too small, though. I may re-make that out of a wider board, so that there is more surface to attach it with.

Lastly, I made up the little kerfed rails that hold the blades still. More scrap pine, kerfed every 1 3/4 inches with my biggest crosscut saw. It left a rough cut, so these will need to be planed later. There is a huge knot in one of them, which concerns me a little, but I have plans on how to work around it. Since this isn’t really load bearing, I hate to throw away otherwise useless knotty wood.

That’s it for tonight! I’ll keep working on this for a while, I’m sure. I’ve still got a few more pieces to cut out, and I’ve also got to plane down several of these still, since they are quite rough. After that, some joinery, and then the test!

Thanks for looking.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 01:01 PM

You’re off to a good start. This should be a fun project. It’s always interesting when you wing it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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