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swagman
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backsaw making - new look.
      #6501339 - 09/13/13 12:33 AM

Hi. For those that follow my backsaw making work, shape within handle design is something I like to experiment with on a regular basis. Some of the feedback I received suggested you would like to see a more traditional rounded cheek incorporated into my designs. A good starting point to creating a new handle design is to develop a sketch which can then be transferred onto a template to be traced later to the saw handle blank.



From there the handle blank is cut out on a scroll saw. The holes for the saw screws are then drillled followed by a coat of wood sealer. The wood used is Makore.



Next the handle is worked to receive the blade and hardback. The tooth line is 9 inches and 14 tpi.



After that comes the hard work. Rasping the final shape of the handle. Time and patience are always key elements to getting this done correctly.



After sanding the handle down to 800 grit its time to apply the 2 coats shellac, lightly sanded after each coat use a fine grade mesh cloth.



To give the handle the final zing, A coat of wax is rubbed on, then buffed back with a finer mesh cloth.

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A final touch up to complete the saw sharpening work is all that's left to be done on this backsaw.

Regards; Stewie.

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Window Guy
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501356 - 09/13/13 03:44 AM

Stewie ........ Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing. I like that handle design ( the wood also ) looks very comfortable to me. Great looking little back saw. After I finish my bench ( all most finished ) hopefully I can start to make a saw or two. BTW I like how you shaded in the the rounding over for the handle. Well like I said I think you did a very nice job.


Steve


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swagman
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: Window Guy]
      #6501390 - 09/13/13 05:42 AM

Thanks Steve.

Stewie;

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Arch_E
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501395 - 09/13/13 05:56 AM

gorgeous! Drool

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swagman
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: Arch_E]
      #6501408 - 09/13/13 06:21 AM

Thanks Archie.

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joemac
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501424 - 09/13/13 06:45 AM

Very nice the way the lamb's tongue continues down the plate. Very nice indeed.

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Del Hilburn
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501438 - 09/13/13 06:56 AM

I really like how that saw looks
Where do you get the saw nuts from?


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Steve Friedman
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501501 - 09/13/13 07:44 AM

Stewie,

That's exceptional. Unfortunately, you actually make it seem possible for the rest of us to do that and I'm sure it's much harder than it looks. But I will try it one day. Looks like a cool winter project.

Steve


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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: swagman]
      #6501509 - 09/13/13 07:47 AM

Nice!

I especially like the fact that the handle is not "clunky" or heavy looking

I also like the edge treatment you've used. In other words it's rounded and has crisp corners in the right places.

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swagman
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Re: backsaw making - new look. new [Re: joemac]
      #6501618 - 09/13/13 09:01 AM

Thanks joemac. It adds a nice touch to the overall look of the backsaw.

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