With time being a commodity in low supply, it has taken me much longer to finish making my bowsaw than I had wanted. None the less, it is finally done.
I started with the kit. I bought the Gramercy bowsaw kit and printed off the plans in 1:1 scale.
Admittedly, I bought the kit quite a while ago and have never gotten around to making it. But I did mill the stock for it right after buying the kit, then I just let it sit there…
After marking everything out I cut the mortises…
Then my camera battery died. I did not want to stop working while the battery charged, so I missed taking pictures for the rest of the build.
I made one big smooth move during this build. When I initially milled the stock, I misread the dimensions and I made the side pieces too narrow by an 1/8. Because of this, I had two options, I could have made the streatched 1/4 longer to make up the difference, or I could glue on a strip of 1/8 on each piece of a secondary wood.
I picked the second option, and glue on a strip of 1/8 cherry. I used rasps, files and my blockplane to do most if the shaping, and a tiny amount of sanding to break the edges.
I used spalted maple to make the toggle and some jute string as the tensioner.
And finally, I had a small piece of cocobolo sitting around that was just big enough for me to be able to turn the two knobs.
And then all done..
Woo hoo!! Now I can use it to help me shape the legs… but alas…. it cuts great, yet has trouble going through 12/4 stock.
There are other ways to do this job, and I am almost done the first leg, but that’s for the next entry.
But at least the bow saw is finally done, and I will try to use it as much as possible going forward.
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