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bandit571

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904 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: miter saw bandsaw shaping

Got tired of a plastic handle on my backsaw. Just an old cheapo from WAY back. Stanley sold them for a miter box they put out.

So, I used some wide , Old Oak I had in the shop. Roughed out a blank:

And, a second one, just in case someone messed up the first

Drilled out for my fat fingers with a couple forstner bits, and started to shape and sand things down. Drilled out for two sawnuts, used a “Toolbox” saw to make a kerf for the blade. A small chisel cut the groove for the saw’s back.

Sawnuts came from the Toolbox saw.

That’s enough for one night, I ran out of Mountain Dew in the shop anyway. Until next time….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use


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NBeener

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#1 posted 904 days ago

I hate to tell you this, but … after all your time and effort …. all you got was a beautiful handle, and a job well done ;-)

-- -- Neil

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bandit571

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#2 posted 903 days ago

Ah, but there is still another backsaw in the shop that needs a wood handle installed. The second blank will do that job nicely. There is also a POWERKRAFT handsaw ( crosscut style) that MIGHT get a new Oak handle. Not sure about re-doing all that carving though:

At least with the other backsaw, there are three sawnuts to use. I can also re-use the PK saw’s nuts as well.

What kind of finish goes with Oak in a handle like this? Looks like I might have three handles to finish up….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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bandit571

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#3 posted 900 days ago

saw #2 is now done:

Got both saws sanded down as well:

and both got a coat of stain:

that should be enough, for now. Still thinking about a final coat of whatever….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Danpaddles

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#4 posted 900 days ago

I’d just use oil, like Watco.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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William

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#5 posted 900 days ago

”And, a second one, just in case someone messed up the first”

Do you have those dang shop gremlins too?

.

Seriously though, nice job.
I recently bought two japanese pull saws with plastic handles and plan on figuring out a way to put wooden handles on them one day when I get a chance (made different than most saw handles). I hate plastic handles.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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rance

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#6 posted 900 days ago

Nice job there Bandit. Do you plan on de-rusting the blades too? As for the carvings, you’d be surprised at how easy that pattern will be to duplicate. Try it out on some of your scraps. Other woods might be easier but give it a try on an Oak scrap. It could even be your own design, not duplicating the existing one. Try it and get back to us on that.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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