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Project by Tim Dahn posted 03-09-2013 07:20 PM 4440 views 13 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winter I have been making a few tools:

Here are the roubo style try square, marking knife made (from and old used up Stanley plane blade) and a dovetail saw guide. Thanks goes to David Barron, I found out about the guide on his you tube channel, be sure to check it out.

The chisels are just old run of the mill no names, the handles were turned from rosewood. The screw drivers are from Lee valley.

The screwdriver handles were made to resemble old tools like these.

After seeing this cabinet makers mallet at Lee valley I just had to make one.

Also made a small chisel hammer for detail chopping.

The saw collection started out with a piece of junk gent saw that I found at a flea market. The smallest dovetail saw is made from from that and is perfect for small dovetail joints. The regular dovetail saw was made from a Crown gent saw. The largest is another I should have passed up, it is a Jackson (Disston?) back saw. The saw plate was too pitted to save and was replaced, it is now however a joy to use.

Hope you enjoy looking.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.





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stefang

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 07:32 PM

Your tools look wonderful Tim. Great work. I love the shape of your screwdriver handles. There is a good reason they made like that in the past, they are very comfortable to work with and afford a good grip. I have a cheap painted version of one of these that I bought many years ago and it is still my favorite because it feels so good in the hand. Manufacturers probably don’t like them because their shape would take too much space and would cost more to make. Who cares what the customer likes. Kudos for the saws. Not the easiest thing to make or perfect.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 07:37 PM

lovely..

-- Englishman in Finland I am guessing that i am Finglish.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 07:56 PM

you’ve done a great job.

-- Joel

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#4 posted 03-09-2013 08:27 PM

Those are all very nice looking tools. Great work.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 10:23 PM

Nice, I am curious how you cut the reliefinto the handle for the saw blades. (what method?) I have two I would like to replace and that is my holdup at the moment.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Gary

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#6 posted 03-09-2013 10:33 PM

Awe inspiring tool making!

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 03-09-2013 10:36 PM

Thanks for the nice comments!

Micheal, The relief for the saw blade was cut with the dovetail saw. The relief for the blade back was cut with chisels, slowly and carefully. Its basically a mortise.

Wenzloff and sons have a slide show that may be of some help. I found that leaving the cheeks long (or uncut) and shape the handle first was easier for me.
http://www.wenzloffandsons.com/images/stories/shaping_handle/index.html

Here is another tutorial:
http://www.cianperez.com/Wood/WoodDocs/Wood_How_To/INDEX_How_To_pages/TimHoff_MakingSawHandles.htm

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 03-09-2013 11:46 PM

Tim;

Very impressive work. I have an old backsaw and an old dovetail saw that need new handles (and the steel cleaned up and resharpened)....I just need some time.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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Karson

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#9 posted 03-10-2013 01:30 AM

Great looking conversion.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 03:52 AM

Thanks for the info, I will be looking into this and maybe have my own to post and brag some, LOL.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 05:00 AM

allaround goodlooking toy´s :-)
congrats …enjoy :-)

Dennis

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Ben

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#12 posted 03-10-2013 06:26 AM

These are all great. Can you tell me your source for materials for the hammers? Also, on the larger dovetail saw, was that etch already there, and what was your source for the saw nuts?

-- Do something nice for somebody

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Ben

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#13 posted 03-10-2013 06:29 AM

Never mind about the saw questions. I just saw your previous project, but I’m still curious about the mallets. Especially the larger one with wood infills.

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#14 posted 03-10-2013 11:46 AM

Ben – The brass for the small hammer was purchased locally at a metal working/machine shop, They also turned the radius on the one end. The large hammer is not really an infil, the head is all one piece with snug fitting brass tubing. I soaked the ends in water to swell and softened the wood then hammered the end as you would when setting the hoops on Japanese chisels.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#15 posted 03-10-2013 02:10 PM

Great tools and very nice work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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