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#1 posted 04-27-2015 06:17 PM

What do you do when a saw handle is split through the screw holes and glue won’t hold it? I encountered that problem recently, so I thought I’d share this as yet untested solution in case it may be beneficial to others.

I’m restoring an 1860’s vintage backsaw, and the handle is split through two of the screw holes, which unfortunately happen to line up with the grain. I tried gluing the split with Titebond. It initially held, but after I’d finished the handle and was assembling the saw, the handle split again as I installed the screws. I could make a new handle, but on a saw this old, I’d like to save the old handle if possible. After thinking about it, here is what I did. I first reglued the split, this time using epoxy. Here is the reglued handle.

I then used a slitting saw in my router to cut two narrow slots in the front edge of the cheek. The slots span the split.

I then cut two half-moon shaped pieces of veneer to fit in the slots with the grain running perpendicular to the grain of the handle.

Then I glued the veneer in the slots with epoxy.

The epoxy is drying now, so only time will tell if it works. I think it has a good shot though, and by using thin veneer the repair should hardly be noticeable.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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