Saw Till

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Project by bobasaurus posted 06-14-2015 05:11 AM 1669 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this saw till out of hard maple, mahogany, redwood, red oak, and birch plywood (random small pieces and scraps from the shop). There is a magnetic bar inside the wood strips holding the saw blades to keep them in place. It’s mounted to my french cleat wall and seems to work well. At first I made each kerf with the saw that would go in that spot, but it was very tight-fitting and difficult to insert the saws so I re-cut all of them with the widest-kerf saw. There are a couple extra spots for expansion in the future, too.

The dovetails were kind of stupid in hindsight… the long grain of the maple is not very strong and split in a few places. I snuck a few angled screws in to reinforce it from the bottom.

There’s one rusty old disston in there that I have yet to restore, hopefully it will make a nice user someday. You can also see my in-progress plane till in the background.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 07:29 AM

Alan, Very nicely done. A till is on my “To do list”. and also from off cuts.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 07:36 AM

Very nice

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 06:10 PM

Outstanding. Something I should think about doing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 06:13 PM

Nicely done, I like how it accommodates the Japanese saws as well as the western saws.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 06:14 PM

Good looking.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 01:57 AM

The dovetails there might not be as strong as you wanted, but it sure looks nice with a dovetailed saw till.

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