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Blog entry by apprentice posted 725 days ago 1576 reads 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just completed this copy of a Victoria fretsaw, I made it in a day and a half using minimal tooling other than a bandsaw and a pillar drill press.
The main frame is made from Honduran Rosewood with an Ebony brace bar handle and adjuster knob.

The metal blade holders are made from stock silver steel 10.00mm and made is such a way that they are one piece for durability, there is a 12.00mm slot cut into the middle and a 6.00mm hole drilled at the bottom of this slot to allow the two halves to spring together.
Near the end I have filled a small ledge to take a 5.00mm allen bolts.

The adjuster mech is made from 10.00mm silver steel rod and drilled to take a 6.00mm thread at the stopped end to take the nickel silver rod and at the open adjusting end there is a plain hole through the insert for the rod to pass through with a threaded end to take the turned ebony knob with its nickel silver threaded insert, which is pegged from the side using a 3.00 mm nickel silver pin.

The joint in the brace is made by drilling two 10.00mm holes side by side and a rounded ended tenon to suit.

The handle is ebony which is secured to the lower arm with a small spigot and a screw to pull it into place against the arm.

This saw measures 18.00” overall with a 12.00” cutting depth.

She works a treat,

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded



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waho6o9

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#1 posted 725 days ago

That’s a beautiful fret saw apprentice, good job!

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JR45

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#3 posted 725 days ago

Beautifully done. It must be a pleasure to use. Definitely on my To Do list.
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Jorge G.

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#4 posted 725 days ago

That is pretty, good job.

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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#5 posted 725 days ago

Beautiful saw and great machinework, It looks like it fits your hand very well and will perform any task easily.
Do you use an allen wrench to tighten the blade holders? Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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apprentice

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#6 posted 724 days ago

Many thanks for the encouragement guys, yes I use an allen key to gently nip the blades.

What makes the saw balance well is the small curve just behind the handle under the lower limb, this creates a triangulation and locks things up nicely, the old makers knew what was needed, your rarely get this with modern tools unless replicated. Saying that there are some wonderful designs of tools by Veritas these days.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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#7 posted 717 days ago

Wow! the wood and design are spectacular.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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jessestrum

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#8 posted 696 days ago

excellent craftsmanship

-- jessestrum

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apprentice

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#9 posted 675 days ago

Another interesting old design with a cam tensioner.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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Mauricio

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#10 posted 674 days ago

What a great idea.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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apprentice

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#11 posted 666 days ago

Mk 2 fretsaw.

Made from Honduran rosewood and Ebony.

I made this one with a quick release cam mech very similar to the vintage version I posted up earlier. The blade nip mech incorporates the same split bar and collers made from brass plate, these are easier to make from brass than the previous model. There is a fine adjuster at the top side blade holder.

The arms are sculpted from a single piece of timber each, which are 30 X 20mm.

There is a small locating peg that holds the cam lever when it the clamped position and two runner guides to stop the tension arm from wandering during the tightening motion.

The blade can be turned 360 one the tension is backed off, and pretty secure when tightened up, it does npt move in use due to the precise drilling and fitting.

The tenon is created by drilling two 10.00mm holes side by side and cleaning out the middle leaving the ends rounded.

Showing the two blwde holders with their nipping collars, one end has the fine adjuster.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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#12 posted 666 days ago

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 666 days ago

Wow, thats amazing, great idea. Thanks for posting.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 666 days ago

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#15 posted 665 days ago

A quick mod for the fine adjuster, a matching ebony turn buckle.

-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcyhgsGA6mY&feature=player_embedded

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