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Hand Saws #1: 15" Bow Saw

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 06-22-2011 12:33 AM 4807 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recieved this saw in the mail today. It is 25” wide overal and about 14” of exposed blade. I belive it is classified at a 15” saw. There is about 7” of cutting area above the blade. I’m hoping to get a variety of sizes. I had also bid and won a smaller bow saw, but the seller cancelled the transaction after I had paid. He immediately refunded my money, but I was dissapointed. The other saw which was made out of boxwood appeared to be a much nicer saw. This one is tensioned with a wing nut. I eventually plan to build some saws, but this is a good way to get started. I appogize for the photos. Not able to get out in the shop at the moment.

Bow saw

The only two marks I was able to find on the saw were two stamped 0’s on the frame. I assume this is a reference for how to assemble the saw….

Frame is tensioned using this wing nut

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov



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venicewoodworker

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#1 posted 06-22-2011 12:39 AM

Nice find on the saw. That ebay thing is funny. The exact same thing happened to me. I won a lot of 5 saws (one of them was a frame saw) for .99 and $30 for shipping. I paid immediately also, they claimed that one handle was broken and refunded my money. I decided to buy the pieces and build my own frame saw. I am awaiting the pieces and will show the progress here on LJ.

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WayneC

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 12:42 AM

Where did you buy your parts? I have been looking at the stuff from Gramacy. The .99 and $30 for shipping looks like a scam to cut ebay out of their money. That or the seller was not happy with the selling price.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-22-2011 12:49 AM

I think the seller was unhappy with the price. The website is http://www.frogwoodtools.com/index.htm. You have to call your order in, and mail the old guy a check before he will send out the stuff. He does not take CC any more, kind of a character.

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WayneC

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 12:57 AM

Ah, those guys are best avoided. I am guessing my seller was a high volume seller and he already sold the tool even though he had it listed. He did not respond to my email asking what happened.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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venicewoodworker

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 01:21 AM

I reported them to ebay and gave him a crappy review. That was when I got an email from the seller.

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WayneC

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#6 posted 06-22-2011 01:40 AM

Venice, at least you got their attention. If they are cheap and set the starting price to .99 to save on listing fees then they should honor the sale even if it is below what they expected to get for the item.

Thanks August.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TheGravedigger

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#7 posted 06-22-2011 03:57 AM

The Gramercy kit is a great build. The free plans and notes are absolutely first-rate. I highly recommend them.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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WayneC

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#8 posted 06-22-2011 05:56 AM

Thanks Robert.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 06-22-2011 12:12 PM

Congratulation on the fine saw.
Some more saw filling to do, lucky us… lol
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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WayneC

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#10 posted 06-22-2011 04:17 PM

Thanks Mads.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#11 posted 06-23-2011 12:37 AM

Still a great find Wayne, even if it’s not the one you wanted.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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WayneC

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#12 posted 06-23-2011 12:39 AM

The guy has two new ones up on ebay. Both very nice, but a little rich for my blood given the other stuff I have purchased lately.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 06-23-2011 03:11 AM

OK you have to much time on your hands. You are making me want a broke leg so I can stay at home and shop for cool ole tools. Another great find Wayne;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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WayneC

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 03:20 AM

lol. I have way too much time on my hands and not being able to get into the shop is driving me crazy. Focusing some on carving since I can do it on the patio. Wife is going to go over to Fedex here in a minute and get my new set of carving gouges. Hopefully that will keep me out of trouble.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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RGtools

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#15 posted 06-26-2011 05:43 PM

I see curves in your future.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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