The Beastmaster and the Swap Dovetail Saw

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Project by BigRedKnothead posted 10-11-2014 03:50 AM 2639 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a couple saws I made. Well, I made the figured black walnut handles….the plates and hardware where kits from LJ ErikF (dude’s a pimp).

I call the big one the Beastmaster (a la Bad Axe toolworks). I attempted a nice big handle with a thumb indention. Turned out alright.

The Dovetail went to LJ TerryR for the recent swap. I really dig the copper Erik offers. Looks great with walnut imo.

I tried to do justice with the sweet piece of burled walnut I had:

Some pics of the process:

Making these reaffirmed that I’m better and building furniture than tools. They turned out alright, but I struggle with small detail work. I enjoy the big stuff more. Still, I gave it my best shot.

Take care ya’ll, Red

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

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#1 posted 10-11-2014 04:01 AM

Looks great Red. That burl ought to be a great choice for the handles with the grain running all directions. Less likely to split I think.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 04:07 AM

Beautiful job Red. That walnut is spectacular. I think you did just fine on the detail work.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 06:04 AM

Those saws turned out great, nice job. The walnut handles are fantastic.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 09:29 AM

Wonderful work on the handles Red and that walnut is really spectacular.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 10:13 AM

Handles look real nice Red!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 11:45 AM

They look fantastic. I’ll bet Terry is smiling ear to ear!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 10-11-2014 11:58 AM

You know Red, false humility can be a sin, too. You may not like toolmaking and the small detail stuff as much as making furniture, but that doesn’t take away from the results.

Those saws are beautifully done.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#8 posted 10-11-2014 01:21 PM

Nice work, bro Red! I’m still camping in the mountains of GA now, but cannot wait to see that saw!

Thanks again and again! I love your work!!!

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

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#9 posted 10-11-2014 01:22 PM

Thanks for the encouragement folks.

You know Red, false humility can be a sin, too.
- JayT

Sorry for the pessimism on the project post Jay. I did genuinely find these frustrating to make….but I am too hard on myself at times.

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

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#10 posted 10-11-2014 02:05 PM

That’s some beautiful work Red with outstanding grain,

well done my friend.

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#11 posted 10-11-2014 03:04 PM

Red I’d classify this attempt as outstanding! I like the thumb groove. The walnut is beautiful and the copper looks amazing. I would not shy away from tool making with the skill you posted today. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#12 posted 10-11-2014 03:24 PM

Yep. I get what you’re saying. Detail work is frustrating. Rasp rasp rasp. Mistake. Correct mistake. Rasp rasp rasp. Mistake. Repeat! That being said, the handles look awesome. How did you connect the handle to the plate? Did you drill the handle first and then the plate to match the hole pattern in the handle?

Is the Beast a dovetail, crosscut, or a hybrid pattern? Thx. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 10-11-2014 04:21 PM

Beautiful saws that anyone would be proud to own.


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#14 posted 10-11-2014 04:46 PM

Red, your tool projects continue to be outstanding! We are almost always our own worst critic. These saws are beauties. I can’t decide if I like brass or copper better, which ever one I’m looking at is my favorite at that time! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 10-11-2014 05:12 PM

Great job, they are fabulous. The wood is extraordinary and the details are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

-- Isra, Salcedillo (Cantabria),

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