Dovetailed Saw Till

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Project by Mike Metzger posted 05-29-2014 04:10 PM 2354 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello Lumberjocks,

After utilizing the site for a lot of inspiration in the past, i decided to post a project. I just recently completed making a saw till. I enjoy refurbishing old tools and most recently hand saws so i needed a place to store them.

I made the till out of 5/4 birch. All the joinery is done with hand-cut dovetails. I’ve only made a few projects with dovetails so I’m still getting the hang of it but pretty happy the way these turned out. By the end of cutting all the dovetails on this i was much more confident. I was so confident that i wanted to cut a few more dovetails and made a small cherry box to put some of my saw files and accessories in.

The back braces and front brace of the till are also dovetailed into the side of the case with one big tail. The front brace is rounded over on the top and bottom so it would “comfort” the saws a little better. I created the kerfs for the saws to rest in on the table saw with a thin kerf blade. The far right 4 kerfs were made a little wider to house my Veritas Cross cut saw, Japanese saw, dovetail saw and a new Veritas dovetail saw i have on order. I wanted to store these with the blade guard on, which is why the kerf is slightly bigger.

I finished the project off with a few coats of 1/3 poly, 1/3 mineral spirits, and 1/3 boiled linseed oil.

I have a few more pictures on my blog at

-- Mike -

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 05:08 PM

Great looking till Mike, awesome job.

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 05:45 PM

Very nice! how is the birch to work with, tend to splinter?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Mike Metzger

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 06:05 PM

Hi Rad – The birch was ok to work with but did have a tendency to splinter out while paring out the dovetails. I had to be very careful not to take a too big a slice out or it would pull more with it, especially down grain.

-- Mike -

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 06:10 PM

I like it. Dovetails look great. I just build a plane till and a saw till is next on the list. This is good inspiration.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 06:44 PM

Nice job and welcome to LJ’s you will love it here…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 07:41 PM

That’s quite a collection. Good job.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 07:43 PM

Good looking till there Mike. Ive been bit by the saw bug myself. Looks like you’ve got an awful nice cache of saws there. I know youre new and this might seem a bit forthright but ….. I wouldn’t mind a closer peek of the goods ;).

Welcome to the gang.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 02:21 AM

That looks great. Great job and welcome to LJ’s

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 12:43 PM

It’s a good thing there are other items in the picture for size reference, because at a glance it looks like it’s a floor- to-ceiling rack with absolutely massive saws in it.

Nice work!

-- Josh // "If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason." - Jack Handey

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#10 posted 05-30-2014 01:57 PM

Fine looking till Mike. Great nest of saws as well. The DT work is well crafted.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#11 posted 05-30-2014 02:29 PM

Very nice work. Welcome to LJ.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#12 posted 05-31-2014 12:58 AM

Great job on the till. I love me some Veritas saws too. That looks like a pretty sweet collection of saws. I’m in shopping mode myself for some saws.
Good work

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#13 posted 05-31-2014 09:20 PM

I dig the joinery on this one. Nice to see another Omaha area woodworker.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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