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Here is my entry for this year’s LJ Saw Swap, and was my gift to HammerThumb.

The pre-sharpened plate and brass back were purchased as a kit from LJ member ErikF…thanks, buddy! There’s certainly no way I could’ve pulled off this build without the plate from Erik. At least, not for another year. LOL.

After securing the plate, I drew the tote design by combining images of a vintage Moses Eadon and modern Gramercy, then lengthened the tote slightly since my Gramercy feels sorta small in my big ole farmer’s hands. A bit of spray adhesive makes it easy to take the drawing right to the finished workpiece!

Here you can see the roughed out tote getting the crucial slot to accept the plate…must be straight, perfectly straight, or what’s the point? And, yes, that’s a Bridge City Tool JS-7 you see clamped gently to my bench. Only the best for The Swap! I even broke out the Bolivian Rosewood for the build; even though I’m allergic to it!

I did all the shaping by hand with my favorite rasps…constantly checking for squareness to the face. Had to add the double nibs! :)

And, of course, what better time to break out the Gramercy Saw Tote Makers Rasp? LOL. Believe me, this tool is worth every penny at this task…and others I’ve discovered.

The brass hardware including the domed nuts came from Blackburn Tools. I thought they added a nice, classic touch. Here, you can also see my efforts at mortising the brass back into the tote…

I hope you like the tote, HammerThumb! I already know the teeth are sharp, but cannot take credit for them.

And Thanks to Waho for hosting this swap…lots of work, and well done!

Thanks for reading along…comments and suggestions are welcomed…

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





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Don W

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 11:33 PM

Nice work Terry.

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 11:35 PM

Very nice work TerryR
I think that will look good on my wall???
Very nice bud

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Brit

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 11:38 PM

You made a lovely job of that Terry. Nice bit of wood too.

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

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#4 posted 10-25-2014 11:48 PM

That is a fine looking saw, bet it cuts as nice as it looks!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 10-25-2014 11:49 PM

Sorry August. It’s mine and you can’t have it! ;-) Awesome job. It works great and its nice to look at also.
Well done, and much thanks Terry.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 12:00 AM

Wow, you really made a nice looking saw. The tote is awesome looking.

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#7 posted 10-26-2014 12:09 AM

Thanks, gents!
August, will get to work on your saw, buddy…

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

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#8 posted 10-26-2014 12:15 AM

Excellently done, as always, Terry. I like the shape of the leading edge of the back and plate. Did you file that or did it come that way from Erik?

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 10-26-2014 12:26 AM

Terry your work always impresses. Great job again!

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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August McCormick Lehman III

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#10 posted 10-26-2014 12:34 AM



Sorry August. It s mine and you can t have it! ;-) Awesome job. It works great and its nice to look at also.
Well done, and much thanks Terry.

- Hammerthumb


Damn LOL

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#11 posted 10-26-2014 12:34 AM



Thanks, gents!
August, will get to work on your saw, buddy…

- terryR


Hey TerryR men I don’t want to impose but can you LOL
I have this lie Neilsen cross cut and I’m not happy with it.

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#12 posted 10-26-2014 02:14 AM

Beautiful work! When I first saw the photo I thought it was a Lie Nielsen. This is the first time I have seen someone improve the looks of a Bridge City Tool!

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#13 posted 10-26-2014 02:43 AM

Awesome looking saw, glad I could supply a few parts for you. The look of the coned bolts is pretty sweet.

-- Power to the people.

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#14 posted 10-26-2014 03:39 AM

Great work Terry. Tote looks flawless.

-- Greg in Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 10-26-2014 03:40 AM

Man…
Saw envy out the yin yang.
So inspired to make my own saw after seeing such nice work.

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