|Project by Jennings_Homestead||posted 08-18-2016 02:45 AM||755 views||2 times favorited||12 comments|
I recently picked up a cheap saw from one of our local Habitat for Humanity Restore shops for $2. I wanted an inexpensive one to mess around with and become familiar with sharpening techniques. In the process, I became enthralled with the world of quality, antique saws and so I decided that I ought to dress up this cheap-o saw with a handle based on photos of an mid-1800s style Disston backsaw. Using the holes and overall shape of the original handle as a starting point, I added some of the features of the vintage saws that I found to be the most attractive – In particular, the long sweeping tails on either side of the grip and the lambs-tongue below the fasteners.
As part of the “experiment” I tried etching the plate. With the help of my wife and her Cricut cutter, I created some simple stencils and began the etching process. The design isn’t quite as intricate as I originally had hoped for, but the process worked and now I can move onto more detailed stencils.
The handle is made from 5/4 Cherry that has been finished with a low-gloss Danish oil. The plate has been scrubbed clean with 400-grit + mineral spirits.
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