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At an estate sale last fall I picked up this EC Atkins rip saw for $2. Thus, it is a good candidate for a refurb but with only $2 at stake I am going to try my hand at saw handle reshaping.

The original handle is uninspiring and bulky. Although I may be tainted by the feel of my Bad Axe tenon saw, both of my D-8 handles is far better. The EC Atkins handle is boring and uncomfortable.

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We have seen some beautiful saw transformations here on LJ’s. In this instance I am using my Bad Axe handle as inspiration and templet.

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This is the result after a little trimming with a coping saw and bulk removal with the oscillating sander. This is just a start but all for the night. Hopefully I’ll get some time to work on it this weekend.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali



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Brandon

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#1 posted 860 days ago

Can’t wait to see the finished product, Scott! I really like the new design you chose for the handle. Now you’ll be sawing with style. ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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lysdexic

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#2 posted 860 days ago

Thanks Brandon. Posting these pic helps me look at the progress objectively. My critique on what I have done thus far:

The curve of the top horn is too acute. I will flatten slightly to make it more graceful.
The projection just in front of the top horn is too prominent.

I am going to try and pull off a lamb’s tongue on the lower handle.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Dave

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#3 posted 860 days ago

Man this will be interesting. You are going to hot rod an old stocker. It already looks better with that hump out of it. Keep us posted.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Don W

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#4 posted 860 days ago

whoa baby, we’re headed to never never land. Careful Scott. You can get lost in the mystical magic. That’s looking pretty sweet.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#5 posted 860 days ago

You have an incredible ability to see what was never there and make it happen with this saw. Wow, this is good stuff! Andy will certainly approve! :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Brit

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#6 posted 860 days ago

You got that right Smitty. Nice job Scott! I really like the way you’re re-shaping it. Sorry I was late to the party, I was working on my saw vise. Just got to assemble it and whack on some finish.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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terryR

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#7 posted 860 days ago

Scott, very nice work on that handle! I love your lamb’s tongue.

I’m nearly finished with a new handle for a boring Disston-Keystone saw…but sure like YOURS better! :-)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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Brit

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#8 posted 860 days ago

Scott – If you’re going to clamp the handle in a vise to work on it, stick a hotel card key in the kerf. It is quite easy to get carried away with the moment, crank down on the vise and crack one of the cheeks. It the hotel card key is a bit loose, stick a bit of masking tape on it.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Don W

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#9 posted 860 days ago

Andy, your suppose to give those card keys back. They work well for glue spreaders as well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brit

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#10 posted 860 days ago

Glue spreaders, shims, spacers, scrapers (cut them to shape), drill holes in them and put your saw bolts through them so you put them back in the handle in the same order, polish the saw bolts while they’re in the plastic, and a whole host of other uses. I’ve got a drawer full of them and wouldn’t be without them.

Give them back? Whatever next!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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lysdexic

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#11 posted 859 days ago

Spent some time on the handle this evening. I continued to cut out the lambs tongue and the decorative bevel with the coping saw. I did a lot of pairing and was thankful that I bought a box of assorted rasps at the same estate sale.

working on the lambs tongue

marking out for the decorative bevel

I thought about making an index finger indention.

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After sanding down to 220 and wiping down with mineral spirits. This helps me see where I left some previous grit marks. I will spend some more time fine tuning the lamb’s tongue this weekend.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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lysdexic

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#12 posted 859 days ago

Oh, Andy and Don

Thanks you for the valuable advice. I wouldn’t have thought of that and it could have cost me. I employed my “benny” card in this situation as I have always returned my room key – but I wont from now on.

Thanks

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Brit

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#13 posted 859 days ago

That is really turning out nice Scott. Much better than what you started with.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#14 posted 859 days ago

Oh, wow! That is some very nice work! Love the nibs and the bevels especially.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Dave

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#15 posted 858 days ago

Coming on along. And looking very good.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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