|Project by farmerdude||posted 04-09-2016 10:25 PM||1556 views||8 times favorited||18 comments|
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.