new backsaw handle

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Project by oldwolf posted 01-20-2010 07:46 AM 2670 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have spent about a month searching ebay to get a few good, early period style, hand woodworking tools within my meager budget . . . fed up I have decided to embark on a journey of building and creating some of my own tools either from scratch, or by modifying existing hand tools to do the job.

The first project I undertook was to turn my Vaughn bear saw into a good backsaw with a real handle, I am just kinda fed up with the plastic crap for one but there are several other reason for this conversion as well. I also intend to put a disston “D” style handle on to the dovetail saw I own, after I recut the teeth. and I’m going to make a bow saw from scratch.

The handle is poplar, why poplar? it’s the only real board I had on hand for this project, remember I alluded to money being tight. It’s based on the Lie Nielsen open dovetail saw handle, with a little modification to fit my meat hook hands. For more information on the process, the reasons for the work towards conversion, or just for more pics of the project, please visit my blog to see most of what I’m working on.

Thanks for looking

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 01-20-2010 08:00 AM

Picture 3 leads me to believe you made this from a picture you printed from the internet? If so… bravo. I CAN like that. If not still, very nice.

-- LAS,

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#2 posted 01-20-2010 08:30 AM

yup, I found templates out there on the net, looked at a whole bunch of handles before I lit on the pair I liked. Scaled them to size, printed them, and traced around them. Modified the tracing to ft my hands better. worked pretty good!!


-- Oldwolf -

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#3 posted 01-20-2010 09:24 AM

So nice…...!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-20-2010 03:43 PM

Great idea, nice well done work. I can see where the saw would handle much better, I believe I will try that too..

Thank you for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Benji Reyes

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#5 posted 01-20-2010 04:43 PM

Great work!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#6 posted 01-20-2010 06:44 PM

Nice looking handle good job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 03:07 AM

Very attractive handle. Are the teeth of the saw blade set to work on the pull rather than push?
I imagine it still works much better than the saw did as bought.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#8 posted 01-21-2010 05:33 AM

Thank you all.

Abe, the teeth are set as a pull saw. I have to admit the pull saw seems to work better for me but it may be that I have not used a well sharpened push saw before. . . I’m working on fixing that.

Infact I plan to replace the handle on a crappy Jack Bros dovetail saw next, never cut well, thinking about retoothing it completely, I think I’m gonna try to accomplish that with some files. After that will come a bow saw built from scratch, maybe a frame saw, and I want to resharpen the real Disston full size saws I inherited from my wife’s grandfather

-- Oldwolf -

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