|Project by swirt||posted 09-01-2010 08:42 PM||9863 views||65 times favorited||33 comments|
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