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Saw Till - First Dovetail Project

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Project by Alistair posted 10-01-2014 03:40 PM 7425 views 19 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Guys,

I recently completed a saw till for my workshop and hopefully you don’t mind me sharing.

It is made from cheap 3/4” softwood as I initially made it as a practice run, but now that it is hung and has the saws in it, I think I will be keeping it for a while.

The design is something that is quite common although all dimensions were made to suit the particular saw collection I have. I also wanted it to be able to accommodate my Japanese saws as well.

The stand out aspect of this project for me is that it is my first project containing dovetails. So as I am sure many of you appreciate, it is a milestone for sure. Although they are not perfect, I am quite pleased with how they turned out, especially as they are my first go. I used a Veritas 1:6 Dovetail saddle for marking out.

Made almost exclusively using hand tools, I only used a chop saw to cut the slots for the saw blades.

I have a video of the build if anyone is interested.

There will be an addition of drawers into the shelf area at a later date, I am just not 100% sure how I would like to do them yet, I am leaning towards 4 shallower drawers rather than one or two deeper ones.

Sanded to 120 Grit and finished with two coats of Danish Oil, I didn’t need to go overboard on the finish as this is a workshop project.

All comments and/or questions welcome.

Thanks for reading guys.

~Alistair

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com





12 comments so far

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Dutchy

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#1 posted 10-01-2014 05:53 PM

I saw it and love it (First thought: “it,s a gunsrack” )

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Alistair

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#2 posted 10-01-2014 06:48 PM

Thanks Dutchy! Appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 06:56 PM

Nice done. Pretty much the same design that I made too, and I’ve been happy with it so far

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - http://www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods - http://www.TheModsquito.com

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Tugboater78

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 07:00 PM

Nice job, on my to-do list as well. Is that a Stanley knife hanging out on the lip with the pencils/pens?

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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Alistair

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 09:14 PM

Thanks Mosquito! I totally agree. It’s only been up a week and already I can tell I am going to love it.

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com

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Alistair

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 09:16 PM

Thanks Tugboater78! Let us know when you get yours built. Yes it is a Stanley knife. It’s my go-to marking knife.

I appreciate all the comments….. thanks guys.

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com

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Aliveinhell

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 09:24 PM

Nice project. Added to my “I gotta make one myself” list.

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Ken90712

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#8 posted 10-02-2014 05:38 PM

Well done , should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Alistair

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#9 posted 10-03-2014 06:21 AM

Thanks Ken, I hope so.

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com

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murch

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#10 posted 10-03-2014 06:36 AM

Very cool project & video. Love the fact you only used hand tools.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Alistair

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#11 posted 10-05-2014 07:48 AM

Thanks Murch!

-- For more details about this project please check out my Blog: http://shavingsandawl.com

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 06-18-2018 01:01 PM

This is a very nice saw till and so nicely done. It’s also nice collection of saws and will be a great addition to your shop. Congratulations!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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