Saw handle

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Project by sgmdwk posted 03-24-2016 04:20 PM 1198 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, this isn’t much of a project; just a couple hours fooling around in the shop.

I have had an old Stanley backsaw for 35 years, or so. It came with a plastic miter box, lost years ago. I seem to use this saw a lot – too cheap to buy something better. But the plastic handle has always bothered me. Yesterday, I came upon a Website with dozens of saw handle templates. I printed off a few, then picked one that seemed the right size. I glued it to a piece of scrap walnut I had in the shop bin. A few minutes with the drill press, a jigsaw and my band saw, and I had a rough handle. I had to figure out how to mount the thing (I was winging it, here). I ripped a kerf with my band saw and its fence, laid out the screw locations and drilled them, then carved out the top of the kerf to accept the back of the saw. When I had that down, I set to work with a rasp and some sandpaper to make it comfortable. Finally, I gave it a rub with boiled linseed oil. I like it.

It’s still a crummy old Stanley saw, but it looks much classier, now.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 05:28 PM

It’s now a collectors item! Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 07:11 PM

Nice upgrade.

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

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 01:16 AM

Excellent work!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 08:03 AM

vast improvement. I think I have the same saw, never thought to put a new handle on it, thanks for the idea

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 02:17 PM

Been threatening to do something similar for ages now. Nice job.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 09:21 PM

Nice work!

I bought a couple of Spear & Jackson backsaws in the UK in the 1960s /’70s with ‘modern’ style wooden handles which I’m planning to replace with something like yours. Where did you find the patterns?

-- Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too? Douglas Adams' take on religion.

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#7 posted 04-07-2016 02:05 PM

I just did a Google search for saw handle patterns and found There is a variety to choose from.

-- Dave K.

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