I never had the desire to
make a saw handle until I read the articles by Charlie Driggs and
Andrew Lunn on this website. Excellent creations.
My hand saw spare parts
consisted of two blades, a set of split nut hardware and a recessed
warranted superior medallion with an eagle. The best blade of
the two to fit a customized handle was the Spear and Jackson with a
nib. The blade did require a restoration.
I decided for the handle
design I would use a style similar to a Woodrough and McParlin.
The "Panther Head Saw" has always fascinated me. I decided to
carve a ram’s head on my saw handle project.
Choice of wood was the
next step in my project, I chose Basswood. Straining several
minutes to remove from storage a piece of basswood 3 inches x 8
inches x 17 feet I managed to use granddaddy’s trusty Warranted
Superior handsaw to remove a piece 16 inches in length. Back
to storage and by this time I am questioning myself. Do I
really want to make a handsaw handle? My desire prevailed.
For this project I used
the following tools and materials. Powered tools are a necessity at
10” radial arm saw
Scroll saw (hand held)
1” belt sander
12” band saw (re-saw stock)
Oscillating spindle sander
Pocket knife, carving knives and chisels
10” band saw (scroll blade)
Drill press (required tooling)
Red mahogany stain
Squared rough stock. When I re-saw stock I like to saw with a
straight vertical end.
Jointed one edge. Jointed edge down to position stock 90 degrees
to saw blade.
Re-saw to avoid stock waste.