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New handle for old saw

Postby BillK » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:48 pm

This is a new saw handle that I made. I did the basic design in other software, 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.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby jarm2 » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:00 pm

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.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby scottp55 » Wed Mar 13, 2019 1:46 am

Looks VERY comfortable and easy to control...Well Done Bill! :D
LIKING it!
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby mtylerfl » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:11 am

I like this idea! I have two saws that could use nice handles like that. Thank you for your inspiration!
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby BillK » Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:00 pm

Thanks all. I have 2 or 3 other saws in line for handle replacement. May try a plane tote next though. :D
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New handle for old saw

Postby Bobtail Farm » Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:34 pm

inspirational the finger indents.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby BillK » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:25 am

Bobtail Farm wrote:inspirational the finger indents.


Yes, they give it a nice comfortable feel.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby Coogara » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:20 pm

It's nice to make something that's practical, and useful in the shed no less. Nice job. Handy finger positions.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby Bob Jr » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:09 pm

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?
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby BillK » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:36 am

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.
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Re: New handle for old saw

Postby Bob Jr » Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:47 am

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.
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