Well, this time I did manage to get some photos along the way. Here I cut a rough knife shape out of an old chunk of bandsaw blade (found in the woods):
well, not too many photos. I then drilled 3 holes for brass rivets and added a piece of oak from a former handle of my framing saw (that had cracked under use a while back):
and after some shaping of the handle and much filing of the blade, I got down to sharpening the edge with my nice japanese water stone. Ended up pretty good!