Thursday, September 21, 2006

Tah Dah!

So here we are-a nice picture of the finished replacement saw handles. They look alright and feel great (the small rip tenon is a fave-cuts great!!)
I forgot how much I hate sanding curvy stuff. The walnut was a pain (surprise!), the maple a lot easier.
Mike, I have even more respect for your skills. To do this every day you deserve some kind of award! Respect!!
I plan to finish off the tool chest this weekend. Which probably puts the kiss of death on that idea ;)
We'll see...


Mike Wenzloff (MikeW) said...

Hey, Phil, look good. More importantly, I think doing some of this making one's own tools or modifying them makes them one's own in a different way than mere ownership.

Case in point would be [often] carved Scandinavian planes. Sitting idle? Need a project? Heck, work on a tool. Tis great way to spend time I think.

And I like the cyclone! small footprint, something which would be important for me. Good job!

Take care, Mike

Philly said...

You're right-modifying (and improving!) your own tools does make them more personal. I have my fair share of quality tools but recently have started making and tweaking my own. You need to know how a fine tool works and FEELS before you can replicate it. Also it takes a while to know what you actually like in a tool.
The cyclone might have to live outside in its own lean-to. Lets face it-you can never have enough space ;)
Best regards

Mike Wenzloff (MikeW) said...

Hi Phil,

My DC lives in the attic above the shop. A pita for emptying it, but at least making saws doesn't fill it very quick.

I've been making noise about adding a covered patio off the back of the shop. If I ever do, I'll make an enclosure out there for it--and the all essential BBQ doodads.

DC systems are so essential, but man, they take up room.

Take care, Mike

Tony said...

Have to agree with Mike, making or modifying tools increases the ownership and enjoyment when in use.
Those are lovely handles their Phil especially the top one.



Alf said...

"I forgot how much I hate sanding curvy stuff"

Ack, yes. But the end result is worth it. I must admit the idea of doing two handles in quick succession like that fills me with dread and horror. Strictly one once in a while for me! Proper job, Phil.