I live in Victoria, Australia. I am recently retired and
have a passion for old British saws, with particular interest in
the history of saw making firms. I have a website at
http://www.backsaw.net to share historical information
relating to saw makers.
Since retiring I have been spending more time making tools, than
actually woodworking, so far I have been concentrating on making
a few saws, an infill smoother, and a few other bits and pieces.
The saws I make are for friends and relatives.
My woodworking consists of making furniture of various types for
the family, my wife (a fanatical quilter) two sons a daughter
and three (so far) grandchildren.
This is a tutorial of how
to make a saw handle, I will probably refine and update as
time goes by, however for anyone embarking on this process
for the first time, it's a good idea to first review the
existing on-line literature.
The most often quoted
reference is Leif Hansen's Backsaw Project at
http://norsewoodsmith.com/node/68 I recommend
downloading the .pdf file as a general reference.
The second one is Tim
Hoff's two part How to make a handsaw.
Tim now has a blog
which can be found (the saw handle making part)
There are no doubt other
tutorials I have missed, if you let me know I will link to
them from here.
A good site to also check
http://pedder-altedamenauskiel.blogspot.com/ Look for "Griffbau"=Handle
Maker in the links section. Here are the links...
Thanks Pedder for the
This is part
one of a multipart series that will cover making the back,
making the handle and sharpening. The first part is making
the handle. A downloadable pdf of the handle making process
(much the same as this page) can be obtained from
I bought my
split nuts from Mike Wenzloff (http://www.wenzloffandsons.com)
but you could make your own from 3/16 threaded brass rod and
1/2 brass rod, using Leif's "Poor Boy Split Nuts" from here
I love the split nuts from Mike, they are a work of art in
Now we have
reviewed the available literature, it's time to get started.