Hi! the first project I’d like to share with all yall this year is this bow saw I made. I was given a bow saw kit from Gramercy tools. Knobs, brass blade holders, 3 – 12 ” saw blades. They have the plans for free on their website…. however, like many of us, I can’t just go with someone else’s standard or ordinary set up. So I did a google search for bowsaw, and selected “IMAGES FOR *” and got thousands (well maybe only a hundred or so) of...
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 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...
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...
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...
Hello everyone, an extremely humid day today with around 82% humidity and 95 the high temp, but somehow the spirit of an evening of creating was to be had….lol. My shop has little more than a fan or heater….so this was going to get warm…lol This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a while now. I have always enjoyed the extreme creativity of the Rennaissance period and I thought it would be a real challenge and adventure to have a go at my version of a trestle ...
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...
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 ...
It’s been a great month for tools and progress in my shop. I finally got all my planes hung up on the rack I posted earlier. I’ve had a much better time keeping my tools sharp since. Something about having the tools right in front of me gives my an instant inventory of what I need to do. I moved my saws around to make room for my newest bowsaw a massive rip tooth machine (5 tpi. cut twice as fast as my 5 tpi panel saw). I finally managed to get a hold of the dovetail marker fro...
Not much left to do. I picked up some proper braided 65lb test fishing line. Plenty strong enough for our purposes. As the online documentation mentions, I used 4 loops, and made it snug enough that I could, with effort, still remove the blade when necessary. Now that it actually was tensioned like a working saw, I had no choice but to give it a try! You may notice that offcut from my circle cutting inlay tool test. I decided to follow the circular groove, and even with the low ...
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