Episode #44: Aligning Saw Bolts in a New Handle

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5 thoughts on “Episode #44: Aligning Saw Bolts in a New Handle

  1. Hey Bob! Great to see you posting. I’ve been meaning to shoot you an e-mail just to see how things were going. With Kari taking a blog break and you not posting for a while, I was starting to go into podcast DT’s.

    Hope all’s well with you and yours. Oh, I like the new logo with the sack back.


    • Thanks Jamie! It’s been a really busy spring and summer so far. I was sick for several weeks after our vacation in late April and into most of May. Then in June, I spent every weekend gutting and remodeling a house for my brother, who had to be out of his apartment by June 30th. We just barely got enough done to move him in last Saturday. There’s still plenty to do though. So I haven’t been in the shop in awhile to have any blog material. Things should be slowing down a bit now I hope.

      Glad you like the new logo. It’s something I’m just playing with at this point. I’m not sure if it will be permanent or not. I still like the Newport shell logo, but Newport high style isn’t really what I spend most of my time on, nor do I want to. So I’m thinking about a minor site redesign to better reflect my simpler and plainer taste and style. I’d also like to be able to use the site for my custom furniture work, which I’m not currently doing at the moment. I don’t do a lot of commission work currently, but over the next few years I’d like to possibly explore it. The logo change is a step in that direction, but like I said, I’m not 100% sold on the site changes yet. I’m still playing with the updated design and content. The blog and podcast will still be part of it though. They won’t change, except of course for the CSS on their pages.

      By the way, I’ve been following your shop build very closely. To say I’m envious would be a understatement. I especially like the bird bottle. Nice touch. It just needs a fireplace :).

  2. Hi Bob,

    I to like the new design and I see you also changed the music, nice touch. Anyhow I enjoyed this very much and a great tips on how to center the the handle holes. I really enjoy your Blogs and Pod Casts and appreciate the time you take to show these. I have learned a lot from you.

    I have a couple beater saws I want to re – handle and refurbish so I have been paying close attention to everything I see on saws. I have also been gathering the necessary tools and files for sharpening which scares me to death but want to try.

    Thanks again Bob for another great video.


    • Don’t let saw sharpening scare you. I think the learning curve is actually less steep than say learning to sharpen curved stuff like gouges or molding plane irons. They’re much harder than saws. It’s nearly impossible to completely ruin a saw. The worst that can happen with saw sharpening is that you will need to file the teeth off and start over. And there’s a podcast on that :). Plus, the investment is minimal. Files are cheap, saw sets are cheap, and you can make a perfectly functional saw vise from a couple of small scraps. If you run into trouble, email me. With minimal practice I guarantee you can do a perfectly acceptable job.

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