|Project by David Kirtley||posted 06-28-2010 01:56 AM||3161 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
This is based on the hardware from Grammercy Tools (http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com)
I had previously started making a saw totally out of Texas Ebony. Well, the twisty grain got me and it self destructed. This morning, I decided to put my new workbench to work and remake it. I ran up to get some Red Oak from the Borg and did a little shopping. I picked up the one straight 4’ 1×2 that they had and a 3’ 2×2 for the handles. I also picked up a can of Watco for finishing. Also stopped by HF to pick up a cheap coping saw since I can’t find mine right now.
I cut the 3 pieces for the arms and crosspiece and marked off for the mortises and the pins for the blade holders following the measurements from Grammercy’s plans. I chopped the mortises by hand for some practice and to test out my holdfasts on my new bench. Yay! Holdfasts are wonderful to have again. I cut the tenons with my other bow saw and trimmed the shoulders by eye with a chisel. Amazing how much easier it is with a vise that actually holds. I drilled the holes on the drill press.
I sketched out one stretcher to see how I wanted it shaped and cut it out with the coping saw. I hate coping saws. Especially cheap ones. Once I had the first one roughed out, I traced it on the second arm. Then I chucked the belt sander in the vise and clamped the two arms together and refined the shapes. After that, I worked them down with a spokeshave and rasps. I assembled it to shape the crosspiece.
The toggle is the leftover toggle from the self destructing saw made out of Texas Ebony. The line is 1.8mm Dyneema double braid. This time I will be careful not to crank it down too tight.
This time around, I pre-drilled the holes for the hardware in the handle blanks. Don’t ask why I didn’t do it last time. A quick sanding and the first coat of oil for a finish and I am all done except for gluing in the hardware. I will mix up a bit of epoxy tonight or tomorrow and put them in permanently.
Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
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