So I did what any of you would have done.
I spent the whole day in the shop making a new handle for an old cross cut saw!
|Isn't it pretty?|
I had never done this before, so I was pleased that I finished the saw, including sanding the saw plate until it was shiny, then sharpening it.
Here's the glamour shots:
|Plus a nice shiny, sharp saw plate with a nice etch.|
After I screwed the handle back on, I tried a cross cut in some one inch maple. After a couple of adjustments, It saws bang on straight, fast, and extremely smooth.
This is my new favorite saw.
- There is a reason saw handles aren't made in oak. It is hard and doesn't shape easily.
- Bowsaws are cool!
- Decent hand cut rasps are a must, but a project like this still needs sandpaper.
- This project was a blast!
- It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. However, If I hadn't been so impatient to get it done, I think it would look and feel even better.
- Drilling precision-depth holes for the saw nuts with a breast drill isn't so easy. I don't think I got a single hole the same depth as another.
- I love building tools.
Overall, I look forward to doing this again.