Walnut Backsaw Till

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Project by chrisstef posted 02-04-2016 07:45 PM 4537 views 15 times favorited 58 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Continuing on getting the shop set up from bare bones I decided that I wanted to free up some pegboard space and make myself a new home for my backsaws. The till is made from air dried walnut with a birch plywood back. It measures 28 1/2” tall by 20” wide by 9” deep and will easily accommodate 10-12 backsaws. The finish is one coat of medium Danish oil to even out the colors and 3 coats of blonde shellac. The carcass is assembled with handcut dovetails and the crossbar, or resting bar, is held in place with birch dowels. The small, kerfed pieces are held in place solely by brad nails through the back so that when I inevitably add more saws I can change the layout as I like.

Saws from left to right are two 14” Moses Eadon tenon saws, my grandfathers 12” disston, two 12” Veritas carcass saws, a 10” moulson brothers dovetail saw and soon to be refurbished 8” disston dovetail saw. The only saw missing from the lineup is a 12” W. Butcher.

Thanks for lookin.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 07:46 PM

Very nice Chris. I like your flavor of wood choice.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 07:49 PM

Came out beautifully Stef! Nice lineup as well.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 07:50 PM

well done!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 07:55 PM

Right on, Stef. And plenty of room on the bottom for the orphans before they get a place at the table

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 02-04-2016 07:57 PM

True indeed Todd. That space will fill up with junk and misc saw parts quickly.

Yoda, Tony, Paul … thank you guys.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#6 posted 02-04-2016 07:57 PM

That turned out well. Good job!

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#7 posted 02-04-2016 08:02 PM

Good job Stef.

-- 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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#8 posted 02-04-2016 08:11 PM

Looks fantastic, stef. I love the combo of walnut and birch.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 02-04-2016 08:19 PM

This one came together quite nicely. I like the way the saws set in there, any plans to do anything with the space beneath the saws, or maybe setting something in there too?

Edit: I see Todd already asked that question, reading comprehension ain’t what it used to be.

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#10 posted 02-04-2016 08:19 PM

Looks just about perfect Stef, oh hell, it is perfect. Nice job.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 02-04-2016 08:32 PM

Nice job, stef! Kinda the classy neighborhood right next door to the slums (pegboard) right next door.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#12 posted 02-04-2016 08:42 PM

Very nice Stef! Really well put together.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 02-04-2016 08:59 PM

Lol JayT. Yea, its a little ghetto next door but eventually it’ll be phased out and replaced with nicer surroundings.

Shane – ive actually been thinking of doing a little flip down face. I’m not sure if quadrant hinges would work but ive got a couple pieces of figured maple and birch that would fit the bill nicely.

Next up will be another till for the full sized saws in the same style but possibly out of mahogany.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#14 posted 02-04-2016 09:14 PM

Great idea on the small kerfed pieces brad nailed through the back. Awesome looking cabinet. I want to make something similar one of these days


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#15 posted 02-04-2016 09:15 PM

So I’m looking at these hinges .. they just might work. Id like it to be flush across the face of the till.

Edit – thanks Joe. Good to see ya around.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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