Campaign Saw Storage

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Project by PDF posted 09-01-2014 06:15 PM 2530 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading Chris Schwarz’s Campaign Furniture, I was inspired to build something in that style. We just didn’t need any more furniture in our house. I have been struggling with what to do with my growing collection of handsaws and figured I would combine those ideas into a campaign saw nest for my shop. The result is a modified version of the strong trunk from the book.
The wood is sapele and the hardware came from Brusso and Lee Valley. That reversing grain, ribbony wood was quite a difficult job for my handplanes, even when straight off my stones. I ended up doing a mixture of planes and the sander to get the surface that I wanted. I enjoyed doing all the recesses for the brasses corners more than I thought I would. Fitting all the smaller saws in the lid was a fun puzzle as well. The rare earth magnet is a magical thing. I was happy to use a piece of scrap from my previous try square project that I just couldn’t toss as the retaining plate for the coping saw.
Hope you like it. Sometime I should take a break from wood work and try to learn how to photograph my projects more effectively. Nah, I have something more fun on the bench already.

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 03:12 AM

The figure really pops on the sapele. How did you finish it? The shaped rest for the saw handles is a nice detail.

-- David W. Cupertino, CA

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 03:52 AM

Just Watco teak oil that I had laying around from a different project. I will get some wax on it in a couple of days when the oil is all the way dry. Thanks for looking

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Jamie McDonald

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 04:17 AM

I really like your project. Sapele is one of my favorite woods. I love the ribbon stripe grain. I found that going with a really high pitch on your smoothing plane helps tremendously. Getting your blade to meet the wood at a total angle around 50 degrees or more makes a big difference when dealing with that reversing grain.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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Jason King

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#4 posted 09-02-2014 05:37 AM

Just phenomenal! I really gotta try sapele sometime – few were using it a decade ago but the more I see it, the more I’m convinced I need to give it a go. For sure, time will only deepen those great tones and make it even more stunning.

I know there are those out there saying to themselves: ” All that just for a box for saws, why not use a shipping crate”. Brother, my advice is to simply roll with it. That trunk is just too sweet. I like to think of someone 200 years from now living a life surrounded by plastic beholding this thing and just being blown away.

Also, great job clocking out those screws – did you file down the bevel underneath the heads?

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#5 posted 09-02-2014 10:04 AM

Beautiful and useful! The try square cut off is put to great use. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 09-02-2014 12:54 PM

Nice saws in a nice cabinet. I allways enjoy when people post things of their own design or modify other designs. Think that the inheritance is clear- but with your own personality.
Thanks for sharing!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Richard H

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#7 posted 09-02-2014 01:34 PM

Really nice project, well designed and nicely executed. I have been thinking of something similar and this gives me some ideas. One question though if you don’t mind. Would you feel comfortable moving the saws in this case? I would like a case I can store my handsaws in now for use than just put in the truck as one unit next time we move. I have found moving handsaws to be a pain which is why I’m thinking of a dedicated storage/moving cabinet for them.

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#8 posted 09-04-2014 01:20 AM

I have taken the box on and off the wall with the saws in it. It was part of the plan as I live near a river that floods every ten years or so. I would put some small blocks in between the handles on the “floor/wall” to keep them in place if I was planning on doing it a lot.

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#9 posted 09-04-2014 05:46 AM

That’s one of the purdiest “saw tills” I’ve ever seen. Definitely a much sweeter piece than mine.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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