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New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:48 pm
by BillK
This is a new saw handle that I made. I did the basic design in Fusion 360, this was my first time using that software and I did the basic shape and radii there and saved it as an STL. I then imported that STL into Aspire and I used the two-sided machining feature to complete the design by adding the finger grips, an indent for the index finger, and my logo.

This is a Richardson Bros. of Newark, NJ saw that was manufactured between 1878 and 1890. The blade still has plenty of life. The original handle had a crack in it with a nail holding it together. I will keep that around.
Making one of these by hand is a long process. 45 minutes or so of CNC carving got me about 90% of the way.

Next, I have to work on a saw vice so I can sharpen this.
handle toplr.jpg

handle bottomlr.jpg

finger griplr.jpg

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:00 pm
by jarm2
Very nicely done. I have a good saw with a plastic handle and will use your idea to make a new handle out of wood. Great idea.

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:46 am
by scottp55
Looks VERY comfortable and easy to control...Well Done Bill! :D
LIKING it!
scott

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:11 am
by mtylerfl
I like this idea! I have two saws that could use nice handles like that. Thank you for your inspiration!

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:00 pm
by BillK
Thanks all. I have 2 or 3 other saws in line for handle replacement. May try a plane tote next though. :D

New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:34 pm
by Bobtail Farm
inspirational the finger indents.

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 am
by BillK
Bobtail Farm wrote:inspirational the finger indents.


Yes, they give it a nice comfortable feel.

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:20 pm
by Coogara
It's nice to make something that's practical, and useful in the shed no less. Nice job. Handy finger positions.

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:09 pm
by Bob Jr
Bill,
That's one slick handle!
There's a great supply of old saws at our local ReStore. I'll go pick through them and start re-handling a couple.
One question... How did you make such a neat, thin cut into the exact center of the handle in order to insert the blade?
Bob

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:36 am
by BillK
Bob Jr. :

Thanks. I was worried about that cut before I made it. I started by marking and drilling the holes for the saw nuts first. Then I lined it up and cut into the deepest part near the top with a bandsaw with a fence which put me pretty much perfectly on center. It was enough to then use a tenon saw (back saw) to make the full cut to depth. It was a little tight on the blade, so I have a cross cut saw that had a good set and matched the blade width to clean it out to a good fit. Just made it deep enough so that all the holes in the handle line up with the holes in the blade. It helped to have the old handle also.

Re: New handle for old saw

PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:47 am
by Bob Jr
Thank you Bill,
It's funny how what seems like the easiest part of a job can be the most distracting for me.
Thank you for your help.
Bob