|Project by DaveFFMedic||posted 02-13-2013 05:02 PM||967 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I never did like the cheap handle that came with this saw. It was rounded on the top and didn’t have a horn to keep your hand from sliding up. I had to constantly fight to keep my hand on the saw—it was a tiring process to cut a tree down.
I used one of my Disston panel saws as a template and made this handle out of walnut. I cut the rough shape out on the bandsaw and then rounded out the shape using a rasp and file. Final smoothing was done with 220 grit sandpaper and finshed with polyurethane and paste wax.
I used stainless steel cap screws and nuts to hold the handle onto the blade. I had to drill out the holes in the saw—the temper was so hard, i destroyed two drill bits before i decided it was better to enlarge the holes with a round file.
A bit of steel wool to remove the surface rust and a coat of paste wax got the blade looking good, but it wasn’t quite right. I got out the flat file and sharpened the teeth. This baby is ready to rock. I can’t wait to try it out!