Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping
Parts 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 with swans heads, and I had no choice left, I needed to make a frame saw, and I needed to try if I was able to make a swan carving…
(I send a warm thank you to the inspirator who ironically calls himself ‘the toolman’).
Since I have postet the saw by now, I will show a picture of the saw when done before we begin the ‘tuturial’.
I call it Swans and Bones, named after the shapes.
Here is where I began, a sketch of the idea, adjusted as I went and finished up after.
I decided to go the MaFe way – recycle and parts made from standard items.
A pice of teak board, and chumk of teak and a standard coping saw blade.
Marking the width of the arms and the cross bar.
Cut the board.
This can ofcourse be done by hand.
We need also some threaded rod, I use brass just because it is looking more beautiful when it gets old.
Do you get the picture?
Or do I need to draw it?
Marking for the cross bar.
And where the base for the blade will be.
The curces can be added.
And the swans.
This is what I wish for.
Swans at the top, and bones at the base.
If you want to work by hand, use another coping saw…
I use the bands saw.
And take as much as I can.
Look at that terible burn…
Making a hole.
Cutting out the waste with a jeweler saw.
Or your scroll saw.
Here we are, closer and closer.
Mark up the back sides.
And the curves I want.
Same for the lower part.
Then some more cutting.
A tour on my beloved Super sander.
Knifes, carving tools, pipe and good music, how can I not be happy?
First swan starts to take shape.
After some sanding, and I am not all disapointed in the result – dam good MaFe, jubiiii.
Fragile as a swan should be, and this is my first carving ever.
Now the bone.
Ohhhh yes an one more of each!
A quick tour on the sisal wheel after sanding.
With and without.
Wax, I use a antique wax to make the lines become more visual.
With and without.
For me this was a dream come true, a step on my wood travel, and I’m quite happy for the result, when I get time and energy I will work more on the bones by the blade, these I want to look more like real bones.
End of part one, part two will come soon.
Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows even some frame saws.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.