Happy New Year – New Saw Tote Part 4

happy-new-yearHappy New Year everybody!

Gramercy Tools Saw Handle Makers Rasp

Gramercy Tools Saw Handle Maker’s Rasp

The next step in making the new saw tote is to break out the rasps.  I did most of the shaping work with my Gramercy Tools Saw Handle Maker’s Rasp.  I picked up this rasp at Woodworking In America back in October.  Most of the shaping that has to be done is on the grip, although most of the edges get rounded over as well.

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Next comes the real test . . . how the tote feels in the hand.  For my hands, this tote pattern – from Aldren Watson’s book Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings – is nearly perfect.

2013-12-29 16.51.46Once the grip is comfortable, it’s time to start sanding.  I used 220 grit sandpaper to remove the final rasp marks and get a nice silky smooth finish.

2013-12-30 21.57.53Once all the sanding is done, I applied a couple of coats of boiled linseed oil and finished it off with a little furniture wax.  Here is a photo of the finished tote installed on saw.

2014-01-01 17.39.34And here is a photo of the new tote next to the old one for comparison.

2014-01-01 18.19.15Until next time . . .






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