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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 04-13-2018 06:59 PM 882 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Handles -
 
Having cut out the first handle with a coping saw, I used files and rasps to further define the shape.
 
               
 
I then transferred the shape to another cherry board and started all over again.
 

 
I think these two handles are pretty close …
 

 
... especially when viewed at three feet apart … LOL!
 

 
Overall this saw will be approximately 40” long and 20” wide. Next I need to cut the 3/4” x 1” side rails, and joint them, via through mortise and tenon, to the handles before tackling the blade attachment pieces.
 
Thanks for looking, more to come. As always, all comments and/or questions welcomed.
 
Follow my progress with the links below.
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #1: The Want
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #2: Handles
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #3: Cart Before the Horse
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #4: Side Rails and a Test Drive
 



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#1 posted 04-13-2018 09:32 PM

It’s looking more like a saw already, Ron!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 04-13-2018 09:44 PM

Looking pretty good so far. Im waiting for your initial test drive to see if you’re pleased with how it resaws, because I’m thinking of attempting this too.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 04-13-2018 09:55 PM



It’s looking more like a saw already, Ron!

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks, Dave!


Looking pretty good so far. I’m waiting for your initial test drive to see if you re pleased with how it resaws, because I’m thinking of attempting this too.

- Oldtool


Thanks, Tom. I’ll keep you posted!

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#4 posted 04-14-2018 12:05 AM

One of these years I’m going to have to do something with the non-handle end of my frame saw and round off the sides. I keep meaning to, but I’ve got way more projects than time.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 03:18 PM



One of these years I’m going to have to do something with the non-handle end of my frame saw and round off the sides. I keep meaning to, but I’ve got way more projects than time.

- Dave Polaschek


That’s a good looking saw, Dave. I see you used the Blackburn Tools hardware. How heavy is it?

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#6 posted 04-14-2018 06:21 PM

I used the kit from Bad Axe, which is similar to the Blackburn one, but different. The whole thing has a good amount of heft to it, but I’ve never weighed it. I’ll try to remember to haul my bathroom scale out to the shop at some point this weekend so I can get you a real number.

It’s heavy enough that I won’t mind losing some weight when I finish shaping things, but mostly I want to finish shaping them so it doesn’t have sharp edges. Since I weigh 280, I figure working up a sweat resawing something is probably good for me.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 04-15-2018 05:30 PM



I used the kit from Bad Axe, which is similar to the Blackburn one, but different. The whole thing has a good amount of heft to it, but I’ve never weighed it. I’ll try to remember to haul my bathroom scale out to the shop at some point this weekend so I can get you a real number.

It’s heavy enough that I won’t mind losing some weight when I finish shaping things, but mostly I want to finish shaping them so it doesn’t have sharp edges. Since I weigh 280, I figure working up a sweat resawing something is probably good for me.

- Dave Polaschek

”... a good amount of heft to it …” that’s  the main reason I wanted to have an all wood saw. My contention is that a lighter saw is easier to control … at least for me, anyway. A frame saw in and of itself has a bit of heft due to it’s size. No sense overdoing things with all that extra metal.

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#8 posted 04-15-2018 07:26 PM

Yeah, there are times when I think it would be nice if the saw was lighter. One of these times, I’ll end up contouring things because of that. But I don’t think the metal makes a huge difference. The metal blocks aren’t very heavy compared to the amount of wood I would want to hold the blade in tension. My initial guess is that it’s about a wash, but I’ve just spent the past two hours shoveling snow, so I may not be thinking clearly.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 04-16-2018 11:16 AM



Yeah, there are times when I think it would be nice if the saw was lighter. One of these times, I’ll end up contouring things because of that. But I don’t think the metal makes a huge difference. The metal blocks aren’t very heavy compared to the amount of wood I would want to hold the blade in tension. My initial guess is that it’s about a wash, but I’ve just spent the past two hours shoveling snow, so I may not be thinking clearly.

- Dave Polaschek


The Bad Axe and Blackburn kits call for 8/4 stock (I think)  … I used 4/4 cherry to help keep the weight down.

Shoveling snow? WOW … it was 75° here the other day!

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 12:04 PM

Shoveling again this morning. And more on Wednesday and his weekend. I had to take a break halfway through this morning, not because it was so much (2 inches of light fluffy stuff) but more because I’m worn down from spending most of yesterday shoveling, including one time because the neighbor kids knocked all the snow back onto the sidewalks.

Yeah, I think it was 8/4 stock I used on mine. Still haven’t gotten the scale out there, but it’s on my list.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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