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Forum topic by oldwolf posted 01-24-2010 06:24 AM 996 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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oldwolf

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01-24-2010 06:24 AM

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recently I had a POS dovetail saw that had a handle with a spring loaded button that allowed it to switch from right handed flush cut to left handed, Give me a little break it was one of the first things I ever bought. Just today I improved it by replacing the handle with a shop made “D” style handle… anyhow what I have left is this angled handle, and by looking at the steel where I had to grind off the rivet holding it to the saw blade, it’s not just cheep pot metal but pretty decent stuff,

So now I have a length of steel attached to a pretty nice handle, I don’t feel like I should just trash it, I feel like I should reinvent this part of the tool as well. I have a few ideas, nothing well formed yet and I’m looking for suggestions about what you would do with this if you had it.

handle

Thank you for your advice, I can’t wait to see what the creative minds here can suggest.

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/


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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 01-24-2010 06:56 AM

Time will tell you what you need to do with it. If youikeep wood working, something will pop into your head one of these days.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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PineInTheAsh

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#2 posted 01-24-2010 09:13 AM

Have this saw and perhaps you can find a need for the metal as some sort of bracket or ??

Some of us have catch-all drawers where just such items are tossed into for “you never know” future use. Similar discussion here awhile back; I’m thinking of our Scrappy and his bureau of drawers.

Having said that, I do find I’m increasingly inclined to be more fussy on what to keep.

The metal’s bend, the holes and length does beg for something to be done. One can see a one/two-inch wide, long, thin strip of hardwood with countersunk holes bolted to the metal. (Remove the damn barcode sticker; hate those things.) Premium double-sided tape on the hardwood securing thin sanding belts. Presto!... a unique, handsome oldwolf sanding stick.

Whatever you do, at least keep the handle. We love wood handles. While this is likely, what I call dead white wood, with little grain and character, and little pop, it can usually be coaxed into something one can display. Remove the ferrule, rough ‘n’ smooth it and spray with Krylon Brass paint. Strip handle with a strong stripper—wear protection—sand with vigor and begin with Minwax Natural stain, graduate to darker stains to preference. Apply as many coats you think necessary. Dry for a week—you’re in no hurry, right?—then let sit in Natural Watco Danish Oil for one-two weeks.

Don’t expect Rosewwod, but what emerges will be something you can show your woodworking buddies; certainly you will suddenly make more money, sex will be better, your taxes will be lower, and you’ll feel a profound obligation to post pix of your shop-made replacement “D” style handle for all of us to enjoy and learn from.

Everbest,
Peter

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oldwolf

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 04:25 PM

HA LMAO pine….. you just forgot to ask for my credit card numbers…..

sanding stick is not a bad idea, honest I was thinking of regrinding it for a skew type chisel but i’m worried the steel may be a little to soft, maybe i’ll try to temper the end after i get the rough shape in.

oh and 1 step ahead. got pics of the saw handle projects up already

here

here

and my blog here

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 11:46 PM

Chances are, the steel won’t have enough carbon content to heat treat to the point of it holding any kind of cutting edge.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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oldwolf

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 06:05 AM

Ya I picked it up and played with the steel a bit today it’s pretty easy to bend by hand. after looking at it with a little more of a critical eye it makes me think of galvanized steel… Still not sure what to think about it thugh it cried out for something. Topamax may be the most right, I’ll probably set it off to a drawer for a while and find something in a few years or give it a toss if I’m in the right mood when I come across it.

Again, thanks for the suggestions.

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 06:53 AM

Becareful!! You will end up with piles of stuff too good to throw away, but no use for it:-)) I’ll removing those piles now :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Enthalpy

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#7 posted 02-06-2010 02:27 PM

Sounds like dumpster food to me.

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#8 posted 02-06-2010 07:34 PM

ya it’s probably headed there… oh well. still enjoying the saw better without it

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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