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Forum topic by MarBar posted 01-15-2021 05:09 AM 425 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MarBar

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01-15-2021 05:09 AM

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I purchased a Zona dovetail saw at my local woodworking store and after a few days of using it, the handle pulled right off of the blade. After considering returning it for a new one, I thought it was a good opportunity for a project of making my own handle that would actually feel good in my hand.
I’ve got the handle cut out, but not shaped, and I’ve looked around for some saw handle screws/bolts and unless I want to wait a few weeks for shipping (I’m inpatient) I decided to go back to the woodworking store to see if they had any. Of course, they did not. They did however have some JCBB hex bolts as well as some flat hex join caps. They look like they would work after sizing them down a bit, however I’m unsure.
Does anyone have any input or experience using these or similar types of bolts for a saw handle?


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Andre

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#1 posted 01-15-2021 06:56 AM

H.D. sells some bolts that will work, I got some Brass ones from Lee Valley, think they were called Chicago bolts?
I made a dovetail saw handle for a Crown Gents saw, check my projects, think I posted them?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 01-15-2021 06:58 AM

Not what you asked of, but you might find this video from Paul Sellers on that saw interesting.

https://youtu.be/PI2pQHEIOcw

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MarBar

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#3 posted 01-15-2021 10:14 PM



H.D. sells some bolts that will work, I got some Brass ones from Lee Valley, think they were called Chicago bolts?
I made a dovetail saw handle for a Crown Gents saw, check my projects, think I posted them?

- Andre

Didn’t see that in your projects, maybe I missed it. Your wood plane is amazing though! Thanks for the tip :)


Not what you asked of, but you might find this video from Paul Sellers on that saw interesting.

https://youtu.be/PI2pQHEIOcw

- AlaskaGuy

Paul Sellers is amazing and I’ve never seen that video. Definitely going to do this tonight! Thank you kindly, sir!

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Andre

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#4 posted 01-15-2021 10:21 PM

Oops must have posted them in a different thread, found a Pic, bottom 2 are the ones I made :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 01-16-2021 02:33 AM



Oops must have posted them in a different thread, found a Pic, bottom 2 are the ones I made :)

- Andre

Wow! those look great! Did you not have to make room in the handle for the top brass piece on the blade?

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#6 posted 01-16-2021 03:31 AM

Yes, cut the slot for the blade then widen the top groove with a small chisel, pick a hang angle for the handle then marked saw plate and drilled it out, 2 different angles:) and lower saw, handle extended. Picked up a 2 cherries saw that will some day also get a new handle.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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MarBar

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#7 posted 01-16-2021 03:40 AM



Yes, cut the slot for the blade then widen the top groove with a small chisel, pick a hang angle for the handle then marked saw plate and drilled it out, 2 different angles:) and lower saw, handle extended. Picked up a 2 cherries saw that will some day also get a new handle.

- Andre

Thanks for tip! I will post the finished product once complete. You guys are awesome :)

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MarBar

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#8 posted 01-20-2021 09:11 PM

The finished product. Maple handle with a Zona blade. Many mistakes but I’m satisfied with the outcome.

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#9 posted 01-20-2021 09:26 PM

Hang angle of the handle real low, I made mine for when I am standing at bench, do not use it very often. Find the Zona blade a light for push saw function thus the using of crown blade:)
Looks good and you can always change the handle shape for perfect fit in “your” paw!
Got me thinking about using Maple for the 2 Cherries blade handle, maple some nice Curly?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 01-20-2021 10:04 PM

Nice job MarBar, looks like a comfy grip, nothing like shaping it to fit your own hand.

I think I’d have lost the front spike and continued the curve from the one behind so the handle blended into the spine, but where would we be if we all liked things the same :)

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MarBar

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#11 posted 01-20-2021 11:30 PM



Nice job MarBar, looks like a comfy grip, nothing like shaping it to fit your own hand.

I think I d have lost the front spike and continued the curve from the one behind so the handle blended into the spine, but where would we be if we all liked things the same :)

- MikeB_UK

Good call. And thanks for the compliment!

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