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Project by Airframer posted 05-07-2013 07:56 PM 2675 views 15 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been happy with this cheap little saw and it does a good job as a dovetail saw yet the Gents style handle has always felt awkward to use.

Yesterday I decided to do something about that and make a new handle for it.

Made from cherry and finished with BLO and paste wax.

More “In Progress” Pics can be found in My Blog

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"





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Don W

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 07:57 PM

its hard to believe its a “cheap” little saw!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 07:58 PM

That came out great man!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Mark828

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 07:59 PM

Nice job, I might try this now. i have the same saw and I’d have to agree with you the handle is a little awkward so it doesn’t get much use these days. Thanks for sharing.

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AnthonyReed

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 07:59 PM

Superb. Well done.

-- ~Tony

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Airframer

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 08:01 PM

Wow! Thanks Guys!

I was walking around the house with it in my hands till the wife asked me to put it away because I was making her nervous lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 08:13 PM

I was walking around the house with it in my hands till the wife asked me to put it away because I was making her nervous lol.

Did you explain to her that it was a dovetail saw, not a carcass saw—- she had nothing to be worried about. :-)

Great work, Eric. You really did a great job re-handling that saw!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Mosquito

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 08:16 PM

Very nice work man! I’ve got one of those crown saws… I should give it a go some time…

After the bench is done lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Airframer

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 08:21 PM

After the bench is done

I keep telling myself that too… never works lol.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Mosquito

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 08:32 PM

I know lol I’m refusing to work on my hand plane until I finish the bench. At least finished making it. I’m sure I’ll put off applying finish, since I’ll have to get it to my parents’ place to do that… But still lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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Belg1960

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 10:24 PM

Eric, I’m thinking you have large hands just like me. Did you follow the pattern or have to leave some extra room? Who’s brand saw is it?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Airframer

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 10:41 PM

Pat, I followed the pattern pretty much as it was printed.

The saw is a Crown 8” Gents Saw. You can find them for around $20 -$25 . They also have a 10” version which I am now tempted to get.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Belg1960

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 12:30 AM

Do you use the three finger grip with the fourth on the side of the blade? I just got a Disston version of the same saw from a friend. (FREE) This is a pic from the web it is similar to the one I got.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Airframer

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 12:31 AM

Yep that’s how I hold it. Just like a pistol with your finger off the trigger.

That Disston would do well with this handle but, I would be hesitant to modify that saw.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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Belg1960

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 12:33 AM

Is the grip plan from the web or did you have to buy it?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Airframer

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 12:35 AM

I got it from Gramercy. http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/prodimg/gt/pdf/GT-DKITXX_INST.pdf

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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