This is the final entry in a nineteen part series that covers the construction of one of my saws from start to finish. For links to the other entries, please see the full chronological index. -Ed.
After a final dusting and a quick wipe-down with mineral oil (to fight rust and tarnish), the saw is just about ready to turn loose on the world. If the saw is a new design or uses a new or unusual piece of wood for the handle, I will take a few pictures of it at this point.
Finally, each saw is wrapped in VCI (Volatile Corrosion Inhibitor) paper, a ritual that is tinged with sadness and trepidation. Sadness because I will most likely never see or hold this creation again, and trepidation that the customer will find some fault with the saw that I overlooked. There is, however, a measure of comfort and pride taken from the thought that my work will live on in the value and service derived from this tool by the next and future owners.
By the way, I always appreciate receiving pictures of my saws in their new homes or in use. I likewise value any feedback, positive or negative, that my customers can send. At worst, it lets me know whether or not my product met your expectations; better yet, I may learn how to improve them.