Buck Saw Case
Everybody has a hobby. Some loves to cook to relax themselves, others keeps drawing until they can barely stand up because of non-comfortable drawing position... And then there is my father. Who loves sculpting wooden spoons.
Yeah, you read that properly : his new passion consists in sculpting spoons from pieces of wood he picks up. At the beginning, it was just a small hobby, but these weeks, it took a new scope : my garage's floor is constantly covered by wooden chips, he bought professional equipment aaand we are now the happy owners of about twelve brand new spoons.
If I tell you about this, that's because among all the professionnal stuffs my father bought, there was this :
It's called a "buck saw", and it's a sort of portative saw (left : unfolded, right : folded).
And, as his birthday was approaching, he asked me to make him a case to tide it in, where we could add an axe. The only base I had was this picture :
And yeah, OBVIOUSLY, I forgot to take pictures as I was making it. Again. So, this time again, you'll have to deal with laborious explanations and pictures of... the finished object. But, lucky you, I made drawings to help you understand.
WELL. First, what did I use ? You'll need, if ever you wish to reproduce my marvellous work :
- Some solid fabric
- Some thread (same color as the fabric)
- A sewing machine
- Some rivets (the metallic stuffs on your jeans)
- A piece of leather and a buckle (from a belt or, as I did, from an old shoe)
• First, I analyzed the object. You need to notice a few things :
1) The base of the case is a cylinder that wraps the Buck Saw while maintaining the two parts tight
2) When you put the saw in it, it exceeds fifteen twenty centimeters from the saw. This length is to be pulled back over the head of the axe, and to be closing the case by the same way.
3) A second piece of fabric is sewn over a half of the cylinder : that is where you put the handle of your axe.
If we made a transversal cut of the whole thing, it would look like that. (Hache = axe, Etui = case)
• Then, I took some measurements : the girth of the two pieces of the saw to wrap, their height... Then, from this, I cut off two pieces : a big rectangular one which will be the base, and a smaller one, rectangular too, which will wrap the axe. It looked approximatively like this :
(longueur de la bucksaw/du tour de la BS = length of the buck saw/of the girth of the BS ; hauteur = height)
• Puis j'ai ourlé certains bords pour ne pas qu'ils s'effilochent :
• Then I hemed some edges in order not to let them unravel
The nice hems are the ones you'll see at the end, the ugly ones will be hidden.
(ourlet moche = ugly hem ; bel ourlet = nice hem)
• Then, I sewed the small piece on the big one. Be careful, this sewn is pretty complicated to visualise :
(ENDROIT = RIGHT SIDE ; ENVERS = REVERSE SIDE ; couture = sewn)
The second picture shows the small piece folded over the big one across the sewn. On my picture, you can see the sewn because I made the fabric transparent, but in reality it is hidden by the small piece (and on the 2nd pic you see the right side of it)
• After this, I folded the whole thing in two, right side against right side, and I sewed on the reverse side the three edges of fabric together to close the case.
(ENVERS = REVERSE SIDE ; couture = sewn)
Then, I turned it inside out like a sock.
• Next step : sew the closing part. Like in the original picture, my strap is made of leather, but I is closed by a metallic buckle (the one I picked on the shoe). I cut my strap on the shoe with a cutter, to give it a nice shape, then I rubbed it a bit with sand paper to soften the edges.
• Then, I sewed the two parts of the strap where I had to put them. To find the right place, I put the saw and the axe in the case, I pulled back my exceed of fabric (the 20 centimeters-long one). There, I placed the two parts of my strap and I marked the place with a pencil (make it discreet). Then I pulled the saw and the axe over and I sewed.
Let me tell you one thing : sewing leather is very, very hard. I had to improvise : I made holes in the leather, at a regular distance, with a rather thick needle, and then I sewed with back stitches in the holes I made before. It was rather clean. For one of the two pieces of leather, I was fed up with carefully sewing so I made two "clean" lines of stiches and I fixed the rest with ugly stitches on the reversed side, that we couldn't see on the right side. This isn't very clear, sorry ^^
After all that, I placed some rivets in the leather to be certain that it was properly fixed (and because it looked good).
(Au passage : envers d'un bel ourlet = by the way : the reverse side of a nice hem
Belle couture = clean stitches
Couture moche = ugly stitches)
• Eventually, I made a fabric shoulder strap (in order to wear the case in one's back). To do this, I took a large strip of fabric, I folded it in two and sewn the edges a first time, then I flattened it and I folded in two again, and sewed a second time. I tied it on the case with two rivets at each side. For the length of the shoulder strap, I made a few trials on my dad for it to be well adjusted.
Then, I finally got a great buck saw case, very useful and good-looking :
And my Dad was very happy ! Now, he can take his bushcraft equipment everywhere to get some wood in the forest or the countryside. ^^
Tags: Buck Saw, buck saw case, ray mears, diy, bushcraft, wood, tutorial
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