|Project by Luke||posted 10-22-2014 11:16 PM||1592 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I had a crown gent saw that I purchased a while back hoping to do some hand work, while not breaking the budget. I never used the saw after the first time being that I found the handle very uncomfortable, and the saw to not cut very well.
After digging around and drooling over some very fine hand saws here on LJ I decided while I may not have the capital to spring for a LN or other high end dovetail saw I could at least do something with what I had.
I took a scrap of walnut laying around, and a few stainless steel bolts from an old Harbor Fright saw (why I had it I do not know, I can’t even remember purchasing it) and cut out a handle, shaped it with the rasp and fit it to the saw.
I took about 1 day in the shop sitting around wondering what to do with that day. I have very limited time in the shop with 2 children under 3 and 2 jobs, so I did’t want to start something I couldn’t finish.
Well a few weeks of wiping on varnish here, and sanding there, I finally put the finish on the finished product. All in all I am very happy, its comfortable in the hand, looks good to the eye and was entirely free. The only thing it cost me was a gouge in the first finger from the slip of the chisel while digging out the mortise for the back.
LESSON LEARNED about being “downrange” from a sharp chisel.
I didn’t like the look of the stock stainless steel, and didn’t want to spend money on hardware so I took a torch to the steel to colorize it and give it a patina rather than a flat out chrome like finish. All in all very happy.
And a $4 saw file made a night and day difference in its cutting. Now I want to make a saw.