A small sample of tools
I’ve made over the decades from hardwood scraps from joiner and
My family’s background is Mennonite...
and frugal, and I always made a practice of not moving on to the
next project until all the wood was used to best advantage from the
Lotsa fun, too...
I post this to give y'all
some ideas on how to use up your scraps and free time between major
My mentors were Dad and
three childless Uncles… one built commercial waterman’s boats, one
spec houses, and the remainder were frugal farmers who hired out
almost no work… we did it all, often by hand.
The frame resaw is H.
Mahogany with B. Walnut stretcher and handles, assembled with
bridle joint and threaded rod/wing nut bearing on washers.
The blade was a coarse crosscut blade from Garret Wade I
refilled into a 4 TPI rip blade, it is held in slots by steel
pins made from drill rod stock.
The Tage Frid-pattern
Danish Bowsaw is identical in construction to the resaw above.
Highland Hardware has the blades. The remainder of the
bowsaws have string tension adjustment with loose M/T
stretchers. The handles are turned and fitted with
brass-pipe ferrules with a quarter-inch bronze rod inset in
epoxy and slotted to receive sawblade and pin. The
ferrules bear on bronze washers inset into blind holes in the
frame. This bowsaw is mahogany and walnut.
The fret saw is B.
Cherry and walnut with Cocobolo handles. The small coping
saw is B. Rosewood with checkering as a decoration. When I
make the next coping saw from rosewood, I will use smaller
scantlings to save weight – this one is unnecessarily strong.
The mallets are a
simple pattern that uses small glued scraps, handles are wedged
and glued and wrapped with cotton twine. They live a hard
life and are expendable. The trammel points on the cherry
bar were turned from rosewood with brass lamp finials turned to
a round tenon and pointed, inset in epoxy.
walnut keysaw was turned in walnut with brass ferrule and blade
mount… the blades came from Garret Wade and are mounted with a
simple bronze wing nut. The boatbuilder’s planking divider
is brass sheet with silver-brazed steel tip set mounted in
rosewood hollowed to receive a pencil, which is help with a
spring hose clamp. These dividers are used to “spile” or
to transfer shapes from the boat to planking stock.