Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping
Parts and Swans
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 blade end, in this way once the tension is made the sides will be straight (hope this makes sense).
Next step is to cut the tenons, this I do on the table saw even I know I make hand tools… (One I am lazy, two I am retired due to a neck operation so I have a lot of pain in arms and neck, so I have to choose what parts of the work that need my hands).
I start with the faces.
Then the sides.
Get the picture?
Marking width and then tenon.
Then cut the other tenon face.
And with a cutting gauge fit the size.
Finally paring the tenon sides.
Cleaning up the shoulders with a shoulder plane.
This one is Veritas miniature version, really cool tool.
The tenons are made and I can move on to the mortises.
First I mark them up carefully.
Then pre drill a series of holes.
Now for some strange reason I go on with the frame…
I have no idea why I did not finish the mortises.
To keep the bone structure, I decide to minimize the frames center piece, just like a human leg bone, since the maximum strength is needed by the joint and the center just need to be able to take the push stress.
So this is marked with a thin ruler that can curve.
And sanded in shape.
After a finish like the rest of the frame, the saw parts are all there.
With a mortise chisel I start cleaning up.
And here my little dovetail chisel made from exato blade is a gem.
With a little patience a mortise is born.
And the fit is perfect.
One more to go.
And the final finish is made.
So many custom made tools for so little work… But the pleasure is even bigger when you made the tools yourself.
Soaking in linseed oil while we wait for the next blog part.
End of part three, part four will come soon and that will be the last.
Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows even some frame saws.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.