18 Slot Saw Till

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Project by farmerdude posted 04-09-2016 10:25 PM 1957 views 9 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that the latest canoe is out of the shop it’s time for some clean up. I’m rearranging some things, trying to make more room. I have several hand saws that I’ve accumulated over the years. These saws have been strewn around the shop, hanging from nails, leaning up in the corner, getting knocked around for too long. Time to care for them properly. This till is made mostly from scrap. The saws are held in by rubber balls binding them against the sides of the till. We went to town yesterday in search of the balls of the correct size. I stopped at the dollar store figuring they would have them in the toy aisle. Nope. However I spotted some on the way out. They were at the door, in a gumball type machine that has toys and such. One of these machines had just rubber balls that were the perfect size. The clerk swapped three ones for 12 quarters, here we go. If you were to walk in at that time you would have seen a 53 year old man down on his knees in front of the gumball machine with a handful of quarters. 12 quarters later and I had 12 balls. We went further into town to do a little shopping and on the way home I remembered that my father had a few saws that he was going to give me. That meant another stop at the dollar store. Six more balls purchased. The clerk was very amused by the whole thing. As you can see from the pictures, it is a fairly easy build. I wasn’t sure it would actually work, but it seems to work just fine. Here is my wife holding the rubber balls that I worked so hard for.

The pieces were either screwed on, or glued and brad nailed. I left the slots as thin as I dared so it wouldn’t take up too much room. I made the part that the balls are in 7 1/2” high, that gives me enough room to push the saw up and outward to release it. In the picture of the empty till on the wall, I swear to you it is level. It doesn’t look like it is , I think it’s because the cardboard on the ceiling is pushed up a little bit. For just making it up as I went, it works well. Questions and comments welcome. Good or bad, tell me what you think. Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 10:38 PM

Good looking till and sure makes life much easier in the shop. Great job buddy

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 11:41 PM

A very clever and well designed and procured project, sure beats raiding the grandkids Toy box!

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 01:03 AM

I like the spacing you used on yours. Mine is full and I wish I made it bigger… but then I pause and think, do I really need more saws? The story about the gumball machine was great.

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 01:15 AM

Interesting use of rubber balls.

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

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 01:21 AM

Very clever use of the balls – thanks for sharing

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 05:43 AM

Great idea. Just as I’m thinking of building a till for my small collection. Thank you.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 05:44 AM

That’s ingenious

-- Vince

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 09:16 AM

Hello Farmerdude

Very cool idea very ingenius

Your collection of saws is impressive

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 01:59 PM

Very creative,great job.

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 03:25 PM

Excellent ideas, thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 04-10-2016 05:32 PM

It’s a realnice collection.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 04-10-2016 07:01 PM

Thank you, everyone.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#13 posted 04-10-2016 10:07 PM

Hand saw hoarder….lol. A well thought out and built saw til brother!!! Well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 04-10-2016 10:13 PM

BusterB, thanks buddy. If you have any you may want to lock them up, just in case I wander haha.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#15 posted 04-10-2016 10:49 PM

very creative and space saving

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