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Project by swirt posted 09-01-2010 08:42 PM 7436 views 58 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found the basic idea for this design as a tip in some woodworking magazine (and haven’t been able to find it again. if you know where it came from please let me know) The design appeals to me because:
a) It is magical
b) It holds practically any saw
c) I don’t have to adjust my grip on the saw from the time I remove it to the time I put it back (one handed operation)
d) It takes up very little room

The design uses a rubber ball to wedge the saw against a block of wood when you try to pull the saw down, but when you push/lift the saw up as you remove it, the saw comes out quite easily. It works with japanese saws, western saws, back saws, flush saws and even coping saws. The second to last photo is just showing off…and yes it did hold my larger timber saw. The last photo shows the “system” I had before I built this.

Space wise, I gained a lot. The saws in the last photo span over 4’ wide. The same saws plus a few more now only span 20”.

I made a couple of design mistakes but overall I really like how well this works. Don’t follow the one photo above that shows two balls in each wedge, they interfere too much with each other, just use one ball for each saw.

If you want more details of the build and other design considerations you can read more about the Saw Till with Balls here.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com





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PaBull

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 08:56 PM

Very nice, I might have to build one for myself.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 09:15 PM

ha ha :-) why not. its just one of those ….why havn´t I thought of that…LOL
the old bottle with robe trick used in a new way….clever idea
and think it isn´t a year since I showed my doughter that trick when she got
a magicianbox to her birthday…..lol

thank´s for posting this update Swirt

take care
Dennis

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Swede

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 09:31 PM

You done it now.
You will have to get more saws to fill up the space you used to use.
Perty slick system just don’t drop your balls on the floor the cat might get them. <(;-)#

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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Div

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 09:49 PM

That is neat! I once saw(pardon the pun) this system years ago and always wanted to do it. This inspires again.
Impressed with the look of your saws! Not too many woodworkers that care for them like you do. Well done.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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swirt

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 09:53 PM

Div I think the camera hides a lot of flaws with my saws. I’ve refurbished a few. For many years they hung on the wall unused as I often reached for their electric counterparts. In the past few years though I’ve really gotten to enjoy using the handsaws.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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mafe

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 10:06 PM

Thats really a wonderful idea.
And yes some beautiful saws you have.
Thank you for sharing this with us,
best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Div

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 10:09 PM

Don’t be so humble now! You know what most saws end up looking like. I’m still impressed. If you want criticism, that ugly plastic handle looks TOTALLY out of place! I have one too, Stanley Jetsaw, but I hide it!!!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 10:10 PM

very cool, this has been on my to-do list for a while, never quite gotten to it yet.

For anyone else interested – this was published in ShopNotes

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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swirt

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#9 posted 09-01-2010 10:23 PM

LOL Div, My yellow Stanley Toolbox saw does look a little out of place in the same rack as my Grandfather’s Disston and my Dad’s Disston, but it is one of the handiest saws I have, so it has earned its right to be there. I also like that I can snap the guard on it and hand it to my 2 yr old to “saw” with and not have to worry about him losing a finger.

PurpLev, thanks for the reference … now I can go digging for the original.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Div

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 10:41 PM

OK, I forgive you! Wow, Dad and Granddad’s Disston! Well, at least I have one crosscut Disston. A friend gave it to me when I worked in the States.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 04:46 AM

Very neat concept in that rack. Thanks for sharing!
I was looking at the way it works and wondered why there are more than one ball along side the saw? Would not one ball do the trick or does it take more for a heavier saw?
I can think of more application of this principle for holding things up like that.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 05:38 AM

Man, I have to stop looking at all these great shop upgrades, I won’t have the time to build any thing else ! Thanks for yet another project to add to my endless to do list ! Nice work and stay safe.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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swirt

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 06:12 AM

Jim, one ball works fine. Originally I tried two thinking that if one failed… Well they worked fine 80% of the time but other times they would bind on each other in odd ways. So I switched it to only one in each slot. I wrote that in the words, but didn’t have a photo early on of only one in each slot so the photo is misleading.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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BigTiny

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#14 posted 09-02-2010 06:17 AM

If suitable balls aren’t available, you can substitute shoty pieces of a heavy rubber garden hose.
To hold thicker tools, hook the hose section to a “hinged” bracket with a dowek for and axle.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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swirt

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 06:21 AM

That’s a cool tip BigTiny … have you got a photo of the hinged bracket? I’m not sure if I am imagining it correctly.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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