Gent's Saw Re-handle

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Project by JayT posted 02-08-2014 11:59 PM 2253 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back, Airframer posted a project where he had turned a gent’s saw into a open handled dovetail saw. That idea bounced around my head for a while, until I decided to do the same. Starting with a Two Cherries Gent’s Saw, I then printed a handle template from Tools for Working Wood.

In my lumber stash, there is some nice air-dried, unsteamed walnut, so looked through for a piece suitable for a handle. Several pieces have a bit of sapwood and I thought including that in the handle might make for a unique look. After a couple hours of drilling, cutting, rasping and sanding, I’m very happy with how the result turned out. The walnut has some purplish undertones that really popped with a couple coats of natural Watco Danish Oil. I really like how the handle looks from the top.

Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 12:18 AM

Sweet deal – so how long is the blade and what are the tpi of the blade.

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 12:25 AM

You picked the perfect piece. I love that walnut.

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 12:26 AM

Great job and I love the wood choice.

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 12:33 AM

nice job.
Neat use of cabinet bolts.

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#5 posted 02-09-2014 12:34 AM

That is an ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING build. Beautiful wood. How does it feel in the hand? I have small hands so should I emulate Gramercy’s handle template or reduce it some. I wear a medium or size 8 glove. I would like to try that sometime. Thanks for you submission on this project!

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#6 posted 02-09-2014 12:35 AM

I love the way you included the sapwood. Lovely.

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#7 posted 02-09-2014 12:45 AM

Perfect, no way to make this any better. Beautiful.

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#8 posted 02-09-2014 12:58 AM

Very nice job. Bravo!

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#9 posted 02-09-2014 01:08 AM

Thanks guys.

DrDirt, it’s a 10 inch saw and I think 13 TPI, but would have to check again to be sure. Honestly, it’s not that great of a saw out of the package. It needed sharpening before it was of any use. After an amateur sharpening job and the new handle, it’s actually a pleasure to use. Time will tell how well it holds up, but since I use a Japanese pull saw for most dovetail/detail work, this makes an inexpensive supplement.

Edit: Just looked it up and the interwebz says 15TPI.

woodchucker, I wondered if anyone would pick up on that. Good catch!

Handtooler, I have fairly small hands, but long fingers, and the handle fits well. I think you could use the Gramercy template as is and just adjust as you work the shape. When making this, I was constantly rasping a little then testing the fit, rasping some more. Lather, rinse, repeat until you are satisfied. Another way to adjust for smaller hands is wood thickness, which can be reduced on the fly. The walnut I used was nearly 5/4 to start and ended up just over 7/8 thick when all was said and done.

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#10 posted 02-09-2014 01:12 AM


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#11 posted 02-09-2014 01:20 AM

Sweet, that is what I am going to do to mine.

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#12 posted 02-09-2014 01:26 AM

Awesome transformation! And, +2 to the perfect piece of wood!!!

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#13 posted 02-09-2014 02:19 AM

Jay, great work. The wood grain really adds to the tool.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#14 posted 02-09-2014 02:28 AM

From ashy to nasty to classy. Love it!

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#15 posted 02-09-2014 02:47 AM

That looks amazing. Well done.

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