Japan cutter saw handle (can you handle this Napoleon!)

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Japan cutter saw handle
Can you handle this Napoleon!

I have a few of these red plastic Japan cutters and saw handles, so when Napoleon the other day gave me a little piece of Teak, he had used for a client (on a boat), I knew exactly what to use it for! (Recycle).
So of came the ugly plastic handle, and I reshaped the little teak thing (it was already 6 sided, and the silicone ring was there), gave it an aluminum ferrule, and drilled a hole where I epoxy glued the Japan cutter jaws, the rest was just finish.
Then adding the saw blade I had, and viola: ‘A new little saw’!

Happy to bring beauty into this little fellow, I’m sure it will bring it back to use also.

Hope it could inspire to change some ugly handles,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 03:39 AM

Dear Napoleon, I can use a few more if you still have some in the box.
Best thoughts,

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

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#2 posted 11-17-2010 03:39 AM

I have some of those also. This also gives me an idea how to make a more attractive handle for my little craft knives that use that same kind of holder. Very cool.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 11-17-2010 07:05 AM

Mafe, I think you have into the same stuff as Kent Shepherd. All the beautiful tools in walnut and maple and teak, etc, the beautiful handles. lol I think we better have that pipe tested to see exactly what you are smoking. lol Rand

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#4 posted 11-17-2010 07:57 AM

At this speed all your tools will be custom made. I think you are forgetting the lathe.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 11-17-2010 09:09 AM

What a great ideér Mads, how many do you need ? you can have them today :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#6 posted 11-17-2010 01:53 PM

Now you’re not trying to tell us you’ve done all this rehandling this week are you ? Or do you have a secret production facility stashed behind your pipe rack ?
Saws, hammers..WOW ! Love the craftsmanship and the inventive nature of these projects.
What’s next ?
(after you get another shipment of ship parts that is…)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#7 posted 11-17-2010 03:04 PM

And The Pipe Is Back!..... lol

Cool stuff Mads….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 11-17-2010 03:26 PM

I was wondering the same as racerglen, when do you do all of this? Perhaps you don’t sleep. Nice saw handle Mads

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 11-17-2010 04:06 PM

you have toooooo much fun in that cosy shop of yours
nice handling of the plastic :-)
is it today you fly south
take care

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#10 posted 11-17-2010 04:12 PM

I notice that this is a two pipe project instead of the usual one pipe, or does that small one only count as 1/2
a pipe! Lanwater, I think he used the lathe to turn the handle down for the aluminum ferrule, and possibly
to drill the hole, but these rhykenologists seem to be wizards with all sorts of sharp edged tools. Thank you
for sharing your beautiful projects and giving us ideas to make our shops not only functional, but enjoyable
and pleasing to the eye.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 11-17-2010 04:55 PM

Hi there,
Gus, yes I had some complains last that I forgot the pipes, so this time I tried to compensate… And yes this one is certainly for the eye as well as for the use. Yes the lathe is used for that also.
Dennis, you can’t have too much fun. No I Caroline are coming here this time, last time I had to stay in Copenhagen since I was too ill to go to Paris, my health are like a rollercoaster.
Ken, it was a very little project it took me less than a hour, so I did get my sleep, I actually can’t work so much now, even I would love to have some of that Duracell energy – and not that stupid neck I have bothering me – but all these little projects makes me happy.
Dan, yes I will try never to forget.
Glen, yesterday I had a good day, so it was done in few hours all, and I take the day off today then. With the right tools the work are done fast.
Napoleon, a handful will do, I can get them tomorrow when I pass your work.
Ian, yes I hope to ‘personalize’ the tools slowly, I hate to work with ugly tools…
Rand, yes I think Kent Shepherd and I have a common passion and gene for order in the workshop.
Doc, and you and I share that too…
Best thoughts to all of you, and thank you for your kind comments,

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

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#12 posted 11-17-2010 06:52 PM

Much better! I like the pipe by the way

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#13 posted 11-17-2010 07:48 PM

I think you need to carve a scale into your pipe so it can be used as a gnomon in the photos :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 11-17-2010 11:31 PM

Mad’s, what is a pipe?
Is it to operate the saw instead of steam?
Looks great, you have been busy while I have been idle. :(



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 12:16 AM

Swirt, I think it could be cool with a scale on my pipe. Or perhaps the metric system could change into mafe pipes… The dor is eight pipes and a mouth piece high!
Jamie, you are… It’s to send smoke signals between LJ’s.
Trevor, yes I like this pipe also.

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

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