Exercises in Artisanship #10: Creating a saw till with what ya got! PART 3

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 05-10-2012 10:27 PM 4387 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi friends here we are again back in the shop and making and marking up the next to do’s for this saw till project I have been working on. This project is just what is needed for my fast growing collection of handsaws as you will see…

This is a piece that has brought some more expansion in the learning of joinery, and getting a chance to exercise some new lessons learned.

Pic 1-2: I needed to make a pair 1×2 mortice’s on each side for my rail to joint into the tills sides to support my handsaws by their handles. I used my normal cabinet chisels and vaughn mallet on this soft pine…but it is so crucial to use a sharp knife in concert with a solid square to score the pencil lines. I used some scrap 1×2 to test..and chisel…test and chisel until I achieved a snug fit. This task was enjoyable…and I was very happy with the fit.

Pic 3: Then the infantry of old handsaws arrives once I have the cross bar jointed into the fresh mortices. Very nice support and hold for this mock up test….and just as planned I will be able to fit a nice number of favorites, users and just cool ones I like to tinker with…lol. Something about all those wooden handles displaying there years and various shades of history….funny, but to me it’s always an inspiring vision to see nice old tools of any trade assembled in a uniform and spirited manner….makes ya just want to build stuff!

Pic 4-7: Now onto what I will call…..the kerfing bars…..the places where the top of the blades can rest into while sitting inside this till.

I pace my dividers to get the marking points as to where the kerfs will be and how far they will be spaced.

Then I get an approximate depth to kerf down to…going too far will ruin the strength and honestly is not needed…so I stay conservative and this works just fine.

Some sand paper to account for some saws having a larger set of tooth…not enough width of this kerf and the saw will not easily lay into the kerf bar at all.

Looks like it’s a go for further work!

Pic 8: Time to tend to these 3 back pieces that will lap joint to hold the sides together….the old Millers Falls brace can make for an easy job drilling the holes for the connections to the laps. Here I also make the holes for when I place the kerfing bars in there specific designed areas later in the build.
Pic 9-11: Heres an old school way of getting the connections….a counter bore, phillips head and irish spring soap for making the job a little easier to encounter the boring into the pinewood.

Counter boring these by hand is a great forearm exercise…lol….a little more here and there…a little rest break…..and your arms get a nice pump of blood flowing.

Then starting in on sending these phillips head screws home for a nice tight fit. With handtools you get to build things and workout..lmao.

Pic 12-14: Ok gang…so here are the attached back pieces for better or worse with some cups and twists, lol…..but holding strong.

The front section with long and short kerf bars for the specific sized saws.

Hey look….a lonely old saw making an appearance for this mock up pic….fitting snug and secure in its new shelter…lol

Pic 15: Now the process begins of cleaning up the tails, laps, and carcass. I have one more idea on the table and sketchpad as I type…something that I think will add some nice extra touch to this piece besides some staining. So….let me stop here and hopefully soon I will have another idea to exercise on this pine saw till!

Hope this inpires some new ideas of your own or just plain makes you want to get out in the shop and have some fun!

Be well friends and thanks for stopping by!


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 05-10-2012 10:46 PM

Nice addition to the blog and this saw til is gonna be very nice. You should be proud of this one!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 05-10-2012 10:48 PM

Very nice Joe and what a great collection of saws you’ve got going on there.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 05-10-2012 11:05 PM

Very nice. It’s really taking shape. And as for inspiration, your projects always inspire me.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 05-10-2012 11:33 PM

Joe, this is excellent! You have such nice saws—-your till is the perfect complement.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 03:53 AM

nice collection :-)
good looking mockup
thankls for the blog


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#6 posted 05-11-2012 12:13 PM

Thanks everyone for taking time to look around. It’s nice to have some room to hold all these….lol. More to come!

Be well friends,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#7 posted 05-11-2012 01:17 PM

Always a pleasure to see you work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#8 posted 05-11-2012 01:31 PM

Gr8 collection and gr8 till for storage of em all

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-13-2012 02:19 AM

Looking like a fine till. Great work.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 05-15-2012 08:46 AM

Beautiful till, simple and elegant.
Wonderful to see your pictures, the illustrate so fine your work and are really inspirering.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Nate Meadows

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#11 posted 05-15-2012 11:51 PM

I have been looking for saw till inspiration for a long time…you are a genius! Thank you so very much! I love your work here! I have to admit I am a little jealous of your saw collection:).

Keep up the good work. I cannot wait to see how you finish it!

Very Respectfully and Gratefully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 05-16-2012 02:12 AM

Thanks again everyone for the great comments and inspiration.

Best wishes to all,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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