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A new Scabbard for my JapSaw.

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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 02-27-2021 01:09 PM 644 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys and Girls,

One of my favourite tools is this flush cut JapSaw

While I have another one I bought as part of a Japanese Saw set,


My favourite is about ½ the thickness of the other

and is therefore much more flexible.

AND, for those PC members that object to my reference to ”Jap”… I hope you also take up arms against people calling me Alex?

Back on track to my favourite… It’s teeth are very delicate, and even a small, misdirected, indiscreet fart

has the ability to wreak havoc on the blade. I’d hate to guestimate how many blades sacrificed their lives through negligent storage

and lack of use of cotton gloves,

instead of abusive leather.

Though I have been diligent with the “protective cover”, it has been repaired more times that bookings in a Hollywood plastic surgeon’s diary… it has not weathered the storms in the workshop too well.

I now can appreciate why pottzy hates my puzzles… It was while I was working on my (last) PUZZLE, cutting those teeth destroying tooth-picks (that pottzy loves), the plastic zip changed from a zig,

to a zag,

It was time for drastic measures as hanging it up by the handle, with exposed blades, was like playing Russian roulette with a single stick of dynamite.

Scanned the saw and imported it into SketchUp. Traced around it

and printed of a profile…

fine tunned it until I finished up with a good retainer for the saw,

then continued in SketchUp to create a back and front faceplate. The front plate was designed to “lock” on a dowel

and swing out to extricate the saw,

Cut out on the laser


and did a test fit and realised that once it was glued up there was no flex in the profile shape and I didn’t allow for the back spine of the handle…

changed the profile and recut…

perfect.
Did a bit of flush cutting on the scabbard with the parent tool...

could this be considered cannibalism?

Cut some green felt on the laser to make it a little more comfy and pretty-pretty,

It is now resting more secure in its old haunt,


ready to be abused by anything (or one),

I then realised that rather than toss the ill-fitting one out, I could use it to house my spare blade


as it should fit without the spline. Cut some red felt to identify the smaller scabbard,


Now the spare blade sits complacently, rusting away amongst some of my other tools,

I am a tad apprehensive about tossing the original cover out

and will probably hide it away somewhere I will never find… and maybe eventually find it in 100 years time thinking, DOH! So this is where I put this thing I’ve no idea what its used for.

With this exercise, I broke another one of my golden rules… It cost me (including time) much more to make the scabbard than to buy a new saw just for the cover… but then I’d have 1 out of the 2 without a cover and even I’m not that stupid to buy a further one (cover) for the then second JapSaw… etc…

Keep safe jocks... and your jocks safe!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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#1 posted 02-27-2021 01:21 PM

Nice, nice…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 02-27-2021 02:37 PM

A ta-da moment comes to life. Nice.

-- KJ, Spokane, WA.: Don’t count the days; make the days count.

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#3 posted 02-27-2021 02:46 PM

Nice don’t like the term “Japsaw!!!”

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 02-27-2021 06:12 PM

I don’t care for the “japsaw” reference. It would have taken you about the same amount of time to spell it out then the time to explain why you did it and post all the pictures.

-- Cal Noguchi

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#5 posted 02-27-2021 08:03 PM

Looks very good Alex, I may have to nip out and buy one.

I hope the picture showing the sink isn’t in fact your kitchen otherwise it adds weight to the saying :everything including the kitchen sink”

You didn’t reference the fact one of the features its actually a pull saw, but I guess everybody knows that anyway

Keep up the good work, and may be you should carry it next Saint Patrick’s Day

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 02-27-2021 09:26 PM

well the usual duck over the top production.pretty fancy “japanese pull saw” scabbards much more than anything ive got,but i expect no less from you.gotta use that fancy lazer for something i guess.here is my elaborate system for storing mine.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 02-27-2021 10:47 PM


I don t care for the “japsaw” reference. It would have taken you about the same amount of time to spell it out then the time to explain why you did it and post all the pictures.

- Daiku


I refer to my Japanese saws as JapSaws with affection. I love them and mean no malice. I object when I am berated about how I express affection.

Keep up the good work, and may be you should carry it next Saint Patrick s Day
- robscastle

Only the saw and not the blade as the red might clash… otherwise I may be accused and arrested for carrying around a ワキザシ (wakizashi)...

...here is my elaborate system for storing mine…
- pottz

Hey PC pottzy, I got one of those saws in your drawer,

Note the shiny surface and scabbard (blade protector) in tact due to lack of use since my other saws…
I daren’t refer to it by its name of Shark saw otherwise I might upset some shylocks!

Keep safe, Alexander...

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#8 posted 02-27-2021 10:50 PM

yeah, i should do that some day for all my delicates 8^)

A real head slapper idea with photographing then tracing the profile. Probably 100+ times that would have saved me mucho hours measuring just to created a profile for a CAD drawing (Doh!)

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 02-27-2021 11:01 PM


well the usual duck over the top production…
- pottz

Hey pottzy, you think this is overboard, just wait for the next novel I’m scribbing… just hope the snow doesn’t melt so you can sit back and feast in its verbosity.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 02-27-2021 11:05 PM



...I may have to nip out and buy one…
- robscastle

To be PC and climatically correct… nip out on your electric bike.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#11 posted 02-27-2021 11:27 PM

Nice work. You do great stuff with your toys!

One aside. If you really think the blade will rust, saturate the felt with a little light oil. The oil will keep the rust down.

I did this with my drill index to keep ‘em clean and in 10 years, no rust.

You guys have a fire problem like last year?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 02-27-2021 11:54 PM


A real head slapper idea with photographing then tracing the profile. Probably 100+ times that would have saved me mucho hours measuring just to created a profile for a CAD drawing (Doh!)
- splintergroup

I may get shitcanned for my political incorrectness, but as long as any of my posts give someone some ideas, it’s never wasted… even if it’s only a one-liner to be used at a bucks night.

One aside. If you really think the blade will rust, saturate the felt with a little light oil. The oil will keep the rust down.
- Madmark2

My comment was tongue-in-cheek, however, yours is a good heads up Mm2 for others… I actually use 椿油 (Camelia oil).

No idea how much better it is than light oil (if at oil), but I’ve always used it on all my “idle” tools and will stick with it. One drop goes a long way… all the way to the concrete floor, however, it won’t break as it’s in a plastic bottle.

Nevertheless I am apprehensive in mucking up my pretty-pretty felt lining with oil… oil-beef xxx…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 02-28-2021 12:12 AM

Great blade saving storage Alex!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 02-28-2021 02:17 AM

JAP Jewish American Princess and JAP isn’t even in the “urban” dictionary… AU is in the crosshairs of China and I am glad that you cook native Chinese food…

_

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#15 posted 02-28-2021 03:16 AM

Protection for things you love! Works for me! You did it well!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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