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Forum topic by bandit571 posted 03-20-2012 04:06 PM 1438 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2012 04:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource sabresaw handsaw handle shaping sanding refurbishing

Ok, the first saws are done, time for the “Donor saw” to get fixed back up. Donor Saw? A rusty, plywood handled, $2 crosscut saw I bought mainly for the sawnuts it still had in place. Plywood handle is scrap. period, right? Not so fast there, it still has some use to it. A look firts at the “starting point” that every story has:

Hey, Handsome!

Anyway, got to cleaning that saw plate. Did find a small bit of etch. Found the number “8” stamped into the area below the handle. Well, might as well try to bring this one back from the “dead”. The scrap handle was chewed up, from pulling the sawnuts. All I needed was an outline of the handle itself ( and I could locate the sawnut holes )so, I got a plank of some old Barn wood glued up. Not sure what wood it is, stinks though. Traced an outline ( twice, #$#@ cut nail was in the way):

The plank is exactly 1” thick! After a check ( for more of those cut nails) and a redraw, I was ready to do a bit of sawing out. I had an old sabresaw, a clamp, a back porch railing, and a nice sunny morning. Sounds like a plan…

Clamped up the plank to the 2×4 porch rail, plugged in the sabresaw and started on the finger hole area. “Plunge cut” with the sabresaw got me into the wood. A trip “around the block” and the area the fingers go in, fell out:

Hey, I said it was an older saw. After an adjust to the clamp (got loosened with all the shakin’ goin’ on) I started the rest of the handle. Not the smoothest trip, mind you, but a few restarts from different directions, and I’m holding a new handle blank, ready for the shaping to come.:

So, what’s next? Shape, sand, drill, saw, shape , and sand. Did I mention Sand? Carving is not my “thing”, so IF someone wants a “crack” at it on this handle, come on over. Until the next time….

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


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#1 posted 03-21-2012 05:16 PM

Sanding center got all the saw marks off. Might get out to the shop later to roundover things. I might try the D8 to cut the kerf. Have the sawnut locations marked out.

Still not sure of WHAT this old wood is. Grain “looks” like an Oak, of some sort.

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

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#2 posted 03-22-2012 05:36 PM

Try a couple pictures of this Mystery Wood:

Nail in place, not much blackening going on:

End grain. Nice and tight grain.. Ray flecks are a darker brown, and square shaped.

My so-called “Photo-shop” isn’t that good…..

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

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#3 posted 03-22-2012 06:33 PM

Your camera is out of focus, Bandit! Can’t make heads or tails of that wood.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 03-22-2012 10:30 PM

Seems to be either a Sycamore or a Beech. Both were plentiful around here, at one time. “Auto-focus” ain’t what it is cracked up to be. Might turn out to be some good wood, afterall…...

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#5 posted 03-22-2012 10:50 PM

A lot of point-and-shoot cameras have a hard time showing detail up close. I don’t think it’s beech, but again it’s hard to see.

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#6 posted 03-23-2012 01:05 AM

Went out to the shop tonight. Used my router table, with a 1/2” roundover bit. Rounded over all the edges. Used a plane to remove all the layout lines, AFTER I had cut the kerf for the blade. I used the refurbed D8 to make the kerf cut. Whatever wood this is, The D8 cut like butter. I haven’t even sharpened it up yet. Took two cuts, at different angles to match the sawblade. Drilled the holes for the sawnuts to check the fit.

A look at both the fitted blade, and the router table. I also make some of the holes to match the Medallion that will rejoin it’s saw. Lots of sanding to do, though. another view:

while I had the blade out, I grabbed a extra slim taper file, clamped the blade in a temp. saw vise (two pieces of wood, clamped in my machinists vise) and added three passes, straight across, to each tooth. Until I can see better, and rig a better vise, it will have to do.

Finish??? Stain & Finish?? As for carving…......NO. Handle fits my hand just about right. I get some more sawnuts ( tomorrow??) and try out the cut. As for files, I seem to have inherited a few OLD slim tapers, the one I used worked just fine. I don’t have any for the backsaws, yet.

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

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