View Full Version : handsaw storage

10-08-2007, 10:54 AM
I am looking for a clever idea for storing handsaws. I have a dozen 26" or so, and some backsaws. Hanging them on a peg is getting tedious.

I've tried slots in a box, but there is a risk of rust if you forget to wax them... DAMHIKT :(

Ron Joslin
10-08-2007, 03:11 PM
You could store them over at my place. :D

Try larger and longer pegs , then you can kind of just throw em up there.

Bob Smalser
10-08-2007, 03:18 PM
You could build yourself a classy saw till like this fella's:


http://cgi.ebay.com/1920s-Disston-D-8-26-5-5PPI-Thumbhole-Rip-Saw-Sharp_W0QQitemZ330173900474QQihZ014QQcategoryZ1387 5QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
10-08-2007, 03:24 PM
I've seen a saw rack based on the "Captive Marble Clamp"
A bit like this, but sideways - one marble per blade and the saws hung so that the teeth faced the wall.

10-08-2007, 04:27 PM
I have a soft shotgun carry-case which would probably hold a dozen hand saws, alternating the handles. It zips all the way along one side and both ends, and is lined with silicone impregnated material to guard against corrosion. The outside is waterproof cordura. It was cheap...less than $30.

10-08-2007, 05:01 PM
Donn, do you trhink there could be a chance that the silicone would get on the saws and possibly contaminate wood that was to be glued?

10-08-2007, 05:06 PM
I'm sure the silicone would get on the saws, because it gets on guns stored in the case. I can't tell you about glue problems. I don't know squat about glue.

Nicholas Carey
10-08-2007, 05:55 PM
You could build yourself a classy saw till like this fella's:The galoots on the Old Tools list a while back did a group project to design a saw till. Plans at http://www.shavings.net/sawtill.html

The Old Tools List is hosted at Cornell, if you want to subscribe: http://ruckus.law.cornell.edu/mailman/listinfo/oldtools

More galoot-like stuff at http://www.shavings.net/


Here's a drawing of the saw till:

This is a picture of what the completed sawtill should look like. It will hold 16-20 full size handsaws, 7 tenon and 7 dovetail saws. A real nice feature is the three drawers at the bottom. One can store lots of saw related items, right there for quick retrieval.

http://www.shavings.net/images/ST-Iso.gifHere's a picture of a finished till:

http://www.public.iastate.edu/%7Emcquist/Shop%20and%20WW%20pix/Saw%20till/Saw%20till1.JPG (http://www.public.iastate.edu/%7Emcquist/Shop%20pages/Saw%20till.htm)

10-08-2007, 08:38 PM
Nicholas, thanks for that. It looks a lot like the one Bob S. found.

I have a confession to make. I've been on the fringe of Galoot-hood for a while, a closet Galoot you might say. a lurking Neanderthal. Just trying to stay out of the perspiring clutches of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

Is there a chapter of tools anonymous near here? (Hi, I'm addicted to old rusty ahrn...)

10-08-2007, 11:57 PM
You could take a page out of L Francis’ book and coat them with thinned shellac.
When you want to use one, just wipe it down with alcohol, all gone.

Or, Have you tried Camellia Oil?
It works well, but not as well as shellac.

I am a big fan of old handsaws and collect Diston London Spring saws. Maybe I have a dozen.
Like Bob S, when I see a good one for ten bucks I buy it and tune it up.
Although mine are not used every day or even every month now, there’s nothing like a sharp well polished London Spring saw.

10-09-2007, 09:29 PM
I've got one etched "Seaboard Air Line, For Passenger Coaches as required by law. It's a 6pt rip. It has the "Warranted Superior button on it, which I think is a Disston Company contract saw.

Which Disston has the 4-bolt handle with a nib on the blade? D7?