Why the tags with the numbers, you ask? When I packaged everything up, I wasn't sure exactly how long this stuff would be sitting around for, or in what sort of conditions. The climate in Hawaii is notoriously harsh on tools, so all of the kanna blades were removed from their dai's, wiped with paste wax then wrapped in paper and vacuum sealed. Suffering from an uncharacteristic amount of foresight, I even thought to number them all. A good thing,too.
#16 is a small single blade compass plane, while #22 is a funazoko-ganna (bottom-of-a-ship plane).
I pulled out the big drawknife.
That explains why I unpacked the funny curved bottom planes rather than a nice smooth plane. I tell you though, I am really looking for any excuse to plane some lumber smooth, so the big kanna will be making an appearance soon.
Funny how these simple little projects take on a life of their own. It starts with just a few tools, and before you know it, I've got half the box unpacked. I guess it's becoming a "fix tool" day.
The original handle was this short little stub of a thing, and what I really wanted was something a bit longer, with a colt's foot butt end.
So, that's what I made.
I cut the branch from a native Hawaiian ohia tree that blew down during the last wind storm. Carved out the slot for the tang....
....wrapped the blade in a wet cloth, then heated the tang red-hot.
Burned in, a perfect fit.
Soak 'em good. The linseed oil seems to be doing a good job of keeping the rust at bay, forming a thin flexible skin when it dries.
What else needs doing?
Another crap saw, for my friend Sebastian. I found this one at the dump/recycling store. The prices are totally arbitrary, but it was probably around $0.25. I bought a whole pile of stuff that day ( including A TENT!) for $6 total. A very cool place, the dump store.
At least this one cuts on the pull stroke, haha.
The teeth were a bit rusty, but not ruined. They cleaned up nicely.
Don't you hate it when you think that you've done a tolerably good job of something, then when you look at the pictures you need to revise your original assessment?
The teeth feel sharper than they look,haha.
And Sebastian, I promise that I'll make a saw vise soon.