Gents saw rehandled

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Project by Mark posted 04-18-2015 06:59 PM 1250 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m going to try hand cut dovetails on an up coming project. I didn’t want to drop a chunk of change on a new dovetail saw and I have had a gents saw for several years that I never used. While web surfing a while ago I came across a post by JayT, a Lumberjack, detailing how he changed out his gents saw handle. I followed his link, D/L the template and away I went. I used 4/4 Walnut, cut the template out on the band saw. Rounded off the edges with a rasp, file and sand paper. 1 coat of W.O.P. and 3 of satin Varathane. Chicago bolts are from Lee Valley. i may go back and round the edges a bit more, but for now it works great.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 04-18-2015 07:19 PM

Looks good. Nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 04-18-2015 11:52 PM

Hey, Mark, I am up in the air on this one. You missed a chance to buy a new tool, but, OTOH, you did get another bit of woodworking to do. :D

Seriously, you did a great job with the handle. It looks as good as one you could have gotten from LV.

-- Art

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#3 posted 04-19-2015 12:04 AM

Wonderful job on the handle. Looks very professionally done, thank you for sharing

-- Norman

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#4 posted 04-19-2015 01:18 AM

Very nicely done, the Walnut looks great. You will love the control you get from a full handle on this small saw. I did this to mine early last year.


-- Theo's Grandpa Woodworking

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#5 posted 04-19-2015 01:18 AM

Great job on the handle Mark!

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#6 posted 04-19-2015 01:19 AM

Well done, Mark. Those saws are sure a lot easier to use with open totes instead of hot dog handles, IMHO.

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

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#7 posted 04-19-2015 03:21 AM

Nice work, have to ad to this my list as well…....

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#8 posted 04-19-2015 11:52 PM

That has to feel better than the stock one

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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