|Project by Luke||posted 05-19-2012 01:45 PM||4319 views||11 times favorited||14 comments|
I had an old Sheffield Dovetail gents saw. It had a straight handle that was very uncomfortable and was impossible to make a square cut because it was very hard to tell if it was drifting from a layout line. I knocked the handle off the end of the spine and trimmed the spine to fit around the new handle. I made the handle from a piece of curly maple and shaped it with rasps. Sanded to 400 grit and finished with a 30/70 poly with 600 grit in between coats. You can’t tell how wood feels with pictures but it’s silky smooth. I went to Lowes and picked up an Irwin hand saw in order to get the handle bolts, cost me $14 but I couldn’t find anywhere else to buy them and I wanted to get it done. They are just steel bolts but they do the job fine. I saw a video online on how to drill the holes in the saw plate… well that didn’t work and I didn’t think it would. The bit just burned up trying to push it into the hardened plate. I decided to just punch it out with a hand punch but it was 1/4” and the bolts were a 64th more than that. I got my round file out and reamed the hole out just a bit for a perfect fit. I also filed the teeth which were really getting dull from all the use I’ve put them through. This was a fun project and I absolutely prefer functional woodworking project above things that you just look at. The last picture is what it used to look like.
Thanks for checking it out.
-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com