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Small Hacksaw a la Jack Houweling

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Project by Dave Rutan posted 08-14-2017 11:56 AM 2400 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day someone in the craft hall was looking to borrow a hack saw to cut a bolt. I didn’t have one, but I can foresee that I may need one one day. There are some metal parts on cellos and double basses. I remember this video [link] from Jack Houweling from a while ago and decided go make myself a little hack saw.

I made mine from a piece of oak. I cut it out with the band saw and milled it with the disk and belt sander, and a spindle sander atachment in my drill press. A round over router bit eased the edges. I cut the slot in the handle using my full size hack saw and the holes were drilled on the drill press. Instead of the glued in spline that Jack used in his handle, I installed 3 brass rod pieces to keep the hack saw blade from creeping out onto my hand. A brass screw and wing nut keep it secure. The finish is boiled linseed oil.

I installed the blade to cut on the pull stroke since part of it hangs out in mud air.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!





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majuvla

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 12:06 PM

Good work. I have the same with plastic handle. Maybe I should imrpove it al little bit.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 12:35 PM

Cool hacksaw. This would be handy to have a few laying around for emergencies. I’m going to make a couple.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 12:46 PM



Good work. I have the same with plastic handle. Maybe I should imrpove it al little bit.

- majuvla

An upgrade is always fun. I may make a second to keep around home, too.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 12:47 PM



Cool hacksaw. This would be handy to have a few laying around for emergencies. I m going to make a couple.

- doubleDD

Only took me a few hours in my disorganized mess of a workshop.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 08-14-2017 01:56 PM

Nice handle. This looks much better than the plastic ones. It’s great for getting into tight spaces!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 04:50 PM

I have a metal one but I like yours so much better, will have to make one for a spare.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 08-15-2017 12:32 AM



Nice handle. This looks much better than the plastic ones. It s great for getting into tight spaces!

- woodshaver Tony C

I’ve needed one of these for a while.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#8 posted 08-15-2017 12:32 AM



I have a metal one but I like yours so much better, will have to make one for a spare.

- bushmaster

You can never have too many clam… er, saws!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Mean_Dean

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#9 posted 08-19-2017 10:26 PM

Great idea on this hacksaw handle—functional, and looks good, too!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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Dave Rutan

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#10 posted 08-20-2017 12:43 AM



Great idea on this hacksaw handle—functional, and looks good, too!

- Mean_Dean

It also matches the drill I made!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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