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Forum topic by Lane posted 06-18-2012 05:19 PM 882 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2012 05:19 PM

I’m in the planning stages of a hand saw refurb. Stumbled across an old rip saw that’s in good shape (i.e., straight, no missing teeth) but needs a handle. My choices are pecan, walnut or cherry for a handle. I’m leaning toward pecan as the lighter color will contrast with the dark saw blade.

I’m wondering what your experiences/suggestions are for handle stock. Looking for some advantages in one material over the other or drawbacks that I haven’t thought of.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 06-18-2012 05:29 PM

Pecan is a very open-grained wood (as I’m sure ya know).
I’ve used padauk, walnut, and maple. Apple is a classic tote wood for saws.


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#2 posted 06-18-2012 05:41 PM

But I don’t have any apple wood, Bill. ;)

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 06:48 PM

I’ve turned a few tool hands out of pecan and found it pleasant. Used it on a chipbreaker screwdriver as well as a chisel handle. I’m sure it’d be fine for a handsaw too—it’d certainly look nice!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 06-19-2012 01:32 AM

Pecan is a hickory and is hard as Hades. It will do a nice job.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#5 posted 06-19-2012 01:39 AM

I have eight Walnut roughouts from the ends of a 2X8. Nice to cut, easy to work, but I will probably get only 3 or 4 out of the bunch. Cracks from the ends and knots ran into the good looking wood. The emulsified wax coating may have been able to save the wood from checking (Anchorseal). Something so uppity about using walnut for kindling-

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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