Frame Saw Build #5: Sawing the Saw

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Blog entry by PurpLev posted 05-26-2012 03:36 AM 4720 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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been a while since I was in the shop, and since I stopped on this project, and felt it’s time to get it back on the plate and drive it to completion. I was in a mental block until now and it’s time to move on.

What I did today was to resize the blade to the saws intended size. Using the frame I placed the blade and marked where the 2nd mount hole should be at, punched it in, and started drilling it up.

The first hole attempt resulted in a broken drill:

NO, the blade is not hardened, and NO you don’t need carbide drills to work it – Its just that this drill is really small and delicate, and well – I didn’t use coolant/lubricant – so my bad!.

The rest of the holes moving up to the final size went great when I added lubricant (I used lard – it’s organic, non toxic, no harm to skin, and its recycling):

I then used another blade to get the shape of the edge in relation to the mounting hole, and scribed the new edge where it should be cut:

To cut the blade I used a regular metal cutting hack saw – nothing special. I mounted the blade in a vise, and to make it easier for the saw to start the cut, I used a file to notch a starting slot:

And followed along with the saw:

Then filed it to the scribed line and rounded off the edges. now it’s sized well for the frame:

now to shape the frame, sand and finish it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#1 posted 05-26-2012 04:08 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished product. It’s looking really nice.

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 07:28 AM

Very nicely done, Sharon.

It looks great.


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#3 posted 05-26-2012 12:57 PM

Sharon: A great job.. I like the look so far.

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 03:01 PM

When I was a kid in France, many many moons ago, the bow saw was the most popular or common saw. “Western” style saw were less common.
They were many popular brands, one of the best one being Peugeot,yes the people who makes the cars.
I wish I had keep some of the saws I then saw (sorry)

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 09:01 PM

Beautiful saw.

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