|Project by PASs||posted 03-28-2014 04:41 PM||1444 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
My namesake, Uncle Perry, was a blacksmith, farrier, and general farm equipment repairman for the small town he lived in in Northeast Texas from the 20’s until the early 60’s.
His shop was in the middle of town, right next to the general store.
My father inherited some of his tools, and I inherited them from him.
One of my favorites was his 6 foot Crosscut saw.
It’s big and cumbersome to store and I hated to see it stuck in the back corner of the shop.
So a few days ago I decided to do a quick mount display for it.
I had a flitch of walnut that Botietruck gave me several years ago that seemed suited for the job.
I didn’t do anything to the flitch. I wanted it roughcut and raw.
I drilled a couple of small holes and put two eyebolts into the back and put a couple pieces of tiewire through them. Then a couple of pilot hole in the front and deck screws through existing holes in the ends of the saw into them.
I wanted to hang it across the shop ceiling, but there wasn’t room with the current configuration of stuff hanging there so I put it above the lathe.
There wasn’t a support for the center of the blade so It sagged away from the back more than I wanted so I took a small slab from the same walnut and drilled it loosely onto the front.
At least it’s off the floor, visible to anyone brave/crazy enough to come in the shop, and looks fairly cool.
p.s. My son and I have used the saw and it cuts like a beast, even though it hasn’t been sharpened since about 1955!!
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."