Before I can chronicle more of Moby Plank, which I’m itching to do, I need to get the mesquite legs and stretchers made. In order for me to complete the legs, which will be carved out of 5×5x 36 blocks of mesquite, I need a band saw much bigger than the little hobbiest one I have. I can’t afford a band saw until the project is completed, and I get paid. Hence a conundrum. After pondering possible possible solutions, and my wife objecting to me selling the kids, I struck u...
A simple frame saw. Even if they call it a bow saw. Every one can make a frame saw!No I do not mean this to be big headed, I mean this from my heart, and I mean this as a motivation for all that have a wish to try – please just do it!I dedicate this blog to or LJ buddy WayneC, you know why. In this blog I will make a simple frame saw step by step. What is it with this bow saw / frame saw? Nothing really, just found out that the more I look, the less I understand what the right ...
Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans I was always fascinated by frame saws (bow saw in US), when I was a boy and visited my friends uncles cabinet making shop and they were hanging there on the wall I loved the look of them, they were like practical sculptures.And for about a year I had the dream to make a frame saw, but I kept finding other projects that came first, and felt my skills needed to grow before doing this.But when I fell over a picture of a frame saw wit...
Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans Part four, the finale. Last blog ended with a soak of oil, this time we move on to finish, tension, making the saw work, and this will be the end of the Swans and bones blog. The frame is complete and it’s time for the tensioning.A piece of wood, same as the saw. Mark the size.At least as long as the saw top to the center. Also a little piece of wood for the half turn tension piece.(This I will explain later). ...
Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans Part two. Last blog ended where the swans and bones handles were finished, now I will move on to the home made hardware. Found this interesting link it might give some thoughts. A standard brass screw app two inch long.The head is cut off. The end rounded, this can be done by hand, but yes I am lazy… Ok, back to the hacksaw, cut down the middle. Then half way down on the side. Bravo!!!We have a blade hol...
As of my last blog entry, I had received the hardware from Gramercy Tools, and I’m very satisfied with the quality of materials and service. The shorter blade necessitated a shorter stretcher, which I whipped out in a couple of hours from a scrap piece of cherry. Like many of my shop projects, the finished saw looks different from what I had visualized at the start of the project. The pins that catch the blade simply epoxy into the handles, which are pre-drilled to the proper d...
A simple frame saw. part two. I dedicate this blog to or LJ buddy WayneC, you know why. This is a blog about making a simple frame saw step by step. Last blog ended where we had made the tenons for the frame, and we had actually also cut the top of the saw to length.In this blog we start fitting the blade.First position the blade and mark with a pencil where the blades top and bottom are.At the side with no handle the blade shall be just a hair over the saw end.At the side with handl...
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 s...
Swans and bones – Frame saw for copingParts and Swans Part three. Last blog ended with a good tobacco, the hardware, the turn handles and the side handles ready, now it is time to finish the frame. With the hardware and frame in place, the frame can be completed.So I place the piece of wood in the middle and am ready to mark up the width, and add length for the tenons.Since I want the frame sides to end parallel, the saw before tension will have to tilt a little towards the bla...
There’s a new post available on the Little Good Pieces blog: “Turning Saw – Roughing Out the Frame”. This is part one of three on constructing a Gramercy-style turning saw. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/12/03/turning-saw-roughing-out-the-frame/
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