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.
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.