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I have been happy with this cheap little saw and it does a good job as a dovetail saw yet the Gents style handle has always felt awkward to use.

Yesterday I decided to do something about that and make a new handle for it.

Made from cherry and finished with BLO and paste wax.

More "In Progress" Pics can be found in My Blog

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its hard to believe its a "cheap" little saw!!
 

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That came out great man!
 

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Nice job, I might try this now. i have the same saw and I'd have to agree with you the handle is a little awkward so it doesn't get much use these days. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Wow! Thanks Guys!

I was walking around the house with it in my hands till the wife asked me to put it away because I was making her nervous lol.
 

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I was walking around the house with it in my hands till the wife asked me to put it away because I was making her nervous lol.

Did you explain to her that it was a dovetail saw, not a carcass saw-- she had nothing to be worried about. :)

Great work, Eric. You really did a great job re-handling that saw!
 

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Very nice work man! I've got one of those crown saws… I should give it a go some time…

After the bench is done lol
 

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" After the bench is done "

I keep telling myself that too… never works lol.
 

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I know lol I'm refusing to work on my hand plane until I finish the bench. At least finished making it. I'm sure I'll put off applying finish, since I'll have to get it to my parents' place to do that… But still lol
 

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Eric, I'm thinking you have large hands just like me. Did you follow the pattern or have to leave some extra room? Who's brand saw is it?
 

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Pat, I followed the pattern pretty much as it was printed.

The saw is a Crown 8" Gents Saw. You can find them for around $20 -$25 . They also have a 10" version which I am now tempted to get.
 

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Do you use the three finger grip with the fourth on the side of the blade? I just got a Disston version of the same saw from a friend. (FREE) This is a pic from the web it is similar to the one I got.

 

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Yep that's how I hold it. Just like a pistol with your finger off the trigger.

That Disston would do well with this handle but, I would be hesitant to modify that saw.
 

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Is the grip plan from the web or did you have to buy it?
 

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That is a fantastic how to. Many thanks Eric, this is a reference.
 

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Time to put my money where the blade is on how well this saw does for dovetailing. These are some free hand practice cuts in 4/4 cherry.. all for under $30.



I also found a bonus use for the old handle. Makes for a very nice file handle :)



And for your viewing pleasure..



Now I want the 6" and 10" version. A saw AND file handle for under $30? I'm in!
 

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Wow are those the exit sides of the cut? Very clean! Did you resharpen it or is that how it came?
 

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Those are the entrance but the exit is identical so far as I can see. That is straight out of the box. I'll try to get some exit cut shots for you.

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Here you go. Exit and top cut shots.. Keep in mind these were cut with no scribe lines or corner starter notches cut. Just a thumb and a saw.



 

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$30? That is a really nice deal and it doesn't seem like it took you very long to do.
 
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