|Project by terryR||posted 10-25-2014 11:28 PM||2582 views||2 times favorited||30 comments|
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...