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August 18, 2010

Pistol Grip Hand Saw 2

Well I finally got it finished, had problems with punching the holes in the blade.  The steel proved too difficult so after sharpening a twist drill bit, I used a gear drill to make the holes for the rivets.  I upset some barbs on the edge of the tapered tang with a cold chisel.  These will grip into the handle, I also used liquid hide glue to glue the tang into the square mortise. 

The saw is a bit 18th century, a bit Dutch with a little American thrown in.

I first fit up the yellow brass ferrule to the handle by using a slitting gauge to score the shoulder, then going cross grain removed the extra wood, then a float to make it round.  Once the brass ferrule was fit, I scraped down the cherry handle to make it fit smoothly.  I then used a gimblet bit in a brace to drill the hole for the tang.  I used a 1/8″ chisel to square up the square tapered hole.

I used the saw to rip a maple wedge for a toothing plane I am working on.  I tried two different grips, the first with the index [trigger] finger pointing forward.

This seemed awkward to me so because I had made the handle large enough for four fingers, this grip, which was much more comfortable and I felt I had more control over the saw.

I should have cleaned my nails before this photograph.

Stephen

3 Comments »

  1. I’m wondering about laying the grain diagonally instead of horizontally? It looks like it could be inclined to break at the juncture of the angled grip.

    Comment by Tico Vogt — August 18, 2010 @ 6:36 am

  2. Perhaps the upper/straight section of the handle “becomes” the extended finger??? Very interesting little saw. How does it compare to similar sized backsaws? One advantage I can see with this one is you don’t have to worry about “bottoming out” on a saw cut.

    Comment by Doug F. — August 18, 2010 @ 8:17 am

  3. Tico,

    The grains runs diagonally through the handle, so the strength should be alright. I would like to find some curved grain cherry to better strengthen the saw handle.

    Doug,

    It is a great saw and doesn’t bottom out as you said. I will post some pictures of some sawing I did as well as making an adjustment on the saw handle. I reshaped the on side of the grip because it irritated my thumb bone.

    grip adjustment

    Stephen

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — August 24, 2010 @ 3:32 pm

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