|Project by JayT||posted 10-04-2014 02:22 AM||5817 views||20 times favorited||16 comments|
When the Saw Swap was announced, I knew I wanted in, but wasn’t sure what to build. After thinking about it for a while, it dawned on me that the one saw in the till I have never been happy with was the coping saw, so why not try to build one that worked better?
Of the two saws, the one on the bottom was a prototype to see if the design would work OK. It is made from red oak with jatoba handles and toggle. The one on top was sent to BigRedKnothead as part of the swap and is made from honey locust with Osage Orange handles and toggle. Osage is very hard and tough, so can be a pain to work with, but it polishes up so nice and is nearly indestructible. It will darken over time to a coppery brown that should compliment the orange/pink tones of the honey locust very well.
As with the other swaps, I tried to purchase all pieces locally. The brass parts started life as 1/4in machine screws and 5/16 compression nuts from the plumbing aisle. These were modified on the drill press with files to flatten the threads and round off the nuts. They are epoxied into the handles and notches were cut with a hacksaw. Thanks to mafe's blog for showing how to do that step.
The one major difference between the saws is the joint between the frame legs and stretcher. On the prototype, this joint is square, while on the one sent out for the swap, I did a radiused joint. Big thanks to Hammerthumb, who helped me figure out the best way to do that. Both work just fine. The square joint is easier to make, but the radiused one looks better, IMHO.
Finish is Danish Oil (Dark Walnut on the oak, Natural on everything else) and wax and 40lb braided fishing line was used for the tensioning twine. The saws use standard coping saw blades, so have some flexibility for tooth count and replacement blades are easily available.
Thanks for looking and hope you enjoy. I’ll leave you with a few pics of the construction.
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