Saw till – design phase

Having identified a possible common resting point for the saws, I set out to see how much room I would need to hang up a till that held all the saws I wanted. I identified that I wanted it to hold seven saws, but I bumped it up to eight to have an even number.

I took a piece of scrap ash and sawed into it with each respective saw. I took my hand and placed it around the handle and came up with about a foot (I think, will have to double-check) for four saws. Doubled, that’s two feet plus an inch or so for the sides. Two feet, even two and a half, is doable on my wall. It’ll find a home someplace. If I can incorporate a drawer or shelf below for the flush, plus perhaps…something (reciprocating and jigsaw blades? Is that sacrilegious? Coping blades surely aren’t, right?), the space lost will be well worth it. That’s a hard thing to say in a shop as space-deficient as mine is, but it needs to happen. For one, I’m out of room on my magnetic rack. Two, last time I tried to pull a saw off it one of my brand new chisels went flying. Not good. So it is to be done, and that’s that.

I was thinking about making a wood hanger on one side for the Japanese saw, and will have to figure that out. I want to make this out of as much ‘real’ wood as possible, so I’ll find a way. Perhaps a through M&T joint. Could certainly use to learn that one. This would be a nice small project to do it on. I don’t know yet if I’ll have a fancy sweeping design on the sides, similar to some done to imitate the saw shape. Perhaps, although it would be just a visual enhancement.

Since there’s much less design involved in this, I may start on this one before the hand tool cabinet. What might be interesting as well, is that I certainly have room to mount this on a shelf (should I so make one) on my workbench. It would be removable, and not otherwise interfering with any clamping aspects. Since I won’t be able to store my trash can there (presumably), that’s something to take into account. A rectangular box, as a drawer is, would be the way to go here if I anticipate it.

Saw Till – idea phase

Well, I’ve finally made it around to the other wall fixture I need to make, the saw till. For those who aren’t familiar, a saw till is just a special place to keep saws, usually in an open wood-based enclosure. Some designs call for the saws to be vertically oriented, others horizontal. Most, as far as I can tell, call for the saw teeth to be protected in a narrow dado or kerf in a piece of wood.


As you can see above, I don’t have premium saws, aside from the Veritas at the bottom. What I lack in quality I make up for in versatility, though. The Craftsman can plow through anything I need quickly broken down, such as tree limbs or stock for the trash. That’s the only one I don’t exclusively keep for woodworking, and I’ve used and enjoyed all of them except for the flush cut – just haven’t had the opportunity yet. I lined them all up to see what I had, and how they would all fit in the same till. The hooks on the handles should provide me with a common resting point.

My design will be simple, but I hope to employ a couple of new tricks and make it look fairly nice. The first step is to decide how many saws the till should hold. To do that, I’ll need to examine what I want to purchase in the near future to ‘complete’ my collection.

Veritas crosscut carcass saw – bought
Veritas rip carcass saw
Veritas 14tpi dovetail saw
Veritas 20tpi dovetail saw
The saws you see above
Robert Larson coping saw (not pictured) – possibly. Might go in tool cabinet

Now, there’s an obvious design hangup for a few of the saws here. The Japanese saw and the flush saw won’t fit readily in the same design, compromises must be reached. The flush saw can sit on a small shelf or drawer at the bottom of the unit, and the Japanese saw can be mounted in a hook holder on a side. I don’t know if I’ll ever buy both Veritas DT saws, but I need to leave the spots for them. You never want a full tool cabinet or saw till; otherwise your next purchase will render them obsolete.


Now that I’ve figured out I need spots for seven saws (might as well make it eight, an even number), now I can sort out rough dimensions by figuring out how much room my hand needs to grab a saw comfortably. That’s the next entry in this particular series.