Saw Handle Replacement

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Project by Sparksnswarf posted 10-11-2013 03:26 PM 2220 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project of mine I have deemed post worthy. My journey into wood work has only recently begun but thankfully I have a mentor to guide me on my way. One day while discussing my quickly developing skill and love for wood work and my slowly developing collection of tools my mentor went to a dark corner of his work shop and emerged with three hand saws. Under a protective layer of wax and dust were two Henry Disston saws and another saw of as yet unknown heritage. Sadly, two of the handles were broken and of the three only one handle fit my hand comfortably. So began my journey after promising to finish the ceiling my mentors’ bedroom.

I had been given a goodly pile of wood by my mentor and after selecting suitable pieces of timber I set to work. The handles were striped from the saws and templates were made using the more comfortable handle as a basis for all three. Then began the sawing, shaping, sanding, carving, filing and drilling. Until I stood back and saw what I had wrought. Three beautiful saws with new handles that when used feel like grasping the hand of an old friend.

The two crosscut saw handles are made of Transvaal Teak. The ripsaw handle is of an unidentified hard wood that was less forgiving to work with. The only task I have left to do is to joint the teeth and lovingly reshape and reset them before I can add them to my ever growing tool cupboard.

-- What man is a man who does not try to make the world around him better.

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 03:42 PM

Very pretty.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 03:44 PM

well done!!

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

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 03:45 PM

Beautiful handles… Great to see these saws being put back into service, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 04:20 PM

Three beautiful saws with new handles that when used feel like grasping the hand of an old friend.

I’d say you nailed it. Nice job!!

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 05:06 PM

Very well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 07:34 PM

Let me say publically what I have said in private: Having held these three saws in my hands with closed eyes, your journey is worth pursuing. To some, woodwork is a learned craft and some are born with a feeling one cannot teach. You belong to the latter group. I truly look forward to watching you and your work blossom as long as I am spared to enjoy it.

My compliments on that labour of love, well done!

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 08:33 PM

Beautiful handles—truly outstanding!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 10-14-2013 04:33 PM

Great work on those beautiful handles. Looks comfy to hold and the finish looks great.

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#9 posted 10-15-2013 06:02 PM

Nice work. I’m working on a new handle for a blade I found at an antique store.

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#10 posted 10-16-2013 01:32 PM

Thank you all so much for the kind words of encouragement. This is only the beginning of what I know will be a long and happy journey into wood.

Just so you know, Toolchap is the mentor I mentioned and the finish on the handles is a wax that he created.

-- What man is a man who does not try to make the world around him better.

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