Walnut Saw Handle

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Project by DaveFFMedic posted 02-13-2013 05:02 PM 2497 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never did like the cheap handle that came with this saw. It was rounded on the top and didn’t have a horn to keep your hand from sliding up. I had to constantly fight to keep my hand on the saw—it was a tiring process to cut a tree down.

I used one of my Disston panel saws as a template and made this handle out of walnut. I cut the rough shape out on the bandsaw and then rounded out the shape using a rasp and file. Final smoothing was done with 220 grit sandpaper and finshed with polyurethane and paste wax.

I used stainless steel cap screws and nuts to hold the handle onto the blade. I had to drill out the holes in the saw—the temper was so hard, i destroyed two drill bits before i decided it was better to enlarge the holes with a round file.

A bit of steel wool to remove the surface rust and a coat of paste wax got the blade looking good, but it wasn’t quite right. I got out the flat file and sharpened the teeth. This baby is ready to rock. I can’t wait to try it out!

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 05:12 PM

Too nice to use. LOL!
A great saw deserves a great handle. Hope it fits your hand.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 05:18 PM

This size and style handle was on a crosscut saw on which I’ve spent a few hours sawing. It is comfortable and allows the placement of a second hand on the top of the handle to help steady the cut. Believe it or not, this handle was made with some scrap wood I had laying around. It wasn’t big enough for most projects, but was the perfect size for this handle!

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#3 posted 02-13-2013 05:28 PM

Good luck and don’t put your hand in the way when you are cutting! LOL! I have been aquiring handsaws. Have a few from my childhood that need some better care. When I get my equipment finally set up ( my first priority) I might try to do the saws proud as you have.

We also share cat shelter building LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 02-13-2013 05:31 PM

Nieghbor asked me to build a shelter for his pitbull. He keeps it outside in a pen..Really a sweet dog. I ageed, came up with similar design, sturdy enough for a big dog, and insulated for our super cold winters in MN.

Materials cost was too expensive for him.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 03:28 AM

Nice handle. That looks like quite the handsaw !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 03:30 AM

Very Nice Handle!!

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 04:16 AM

I saw mine today when I moved it and thought I needed to make a new handle. Inspiration delivered by seeing this very nice handle. Nice use of “scrap wood” always something it can be used for.

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

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