I saw a bow saw one day on the internet, did some research on them and decided to make me one. I used rived oak for the two handles, cherry for the part that connects the handles (which is connected with mortise and tenon joinery) and some spalted wood for the handles that hold the blade. I had to glue a some cherry dowels I made into the spalted wood because the spalted wood was too soft to stand the pressure of tightening the blade. I cut two finishing nails and used them as pins to attach the blade with. In my research, bandsaw blades were cut to length, then holes were drilled into the ends so they could be attached. This didn’t work for me… the holes on the blades always fail. I might get a couple of strokes on the saw, but that is it.
Mistake #1: I made the length between the handles without regard to commercially available blades, thus the need to use bandsaw blades. I can fix this by lengthening or shortening the piece that ties the handles together.
In this photo you can see where I mortised first and found it to be too high.
Here is a closer look at the way the blade is attached and the beauty of the spalted wood.
You can see the X’s I put to help me align the handles as I glued the dowels into the handles. I guess I forgot to erase them.
To tighten the blade, you just twist the string with the piece of flat oak and let it rest against the cross brace. You’d be surprised how much tension this will develop. One day I may redo it to make it usable, but for now it is a conversation piece in my shop.
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