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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.



  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.


    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


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

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