Pumpkin Carving Saw

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Project by bondogaposis posted 10-31-2014 12:02 PM 2033 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this saw from an old hacksaw blade, a dull one at that. First I burned off the paint, then ground to shape. I found a nice scrap of padauk, routed a groove for the blade then glued the two halves together. I put it on the lathe and turned down the ferrule and slipped a piece of copper tubing over it, then shaped the handle. A little epoxy glue and it was done. Simple project. I was worried that perhaps the teeth would be too fine, but it worked great and it gave me a lot of control carving. It cuts on the push stroke. To see the results of my carving efforts click here. Thanks for looking.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#1 posted 10-31-2014 12:33 PM

Very good job on the saw.

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#2 posted 10-31-2014 12:54 PM

Never thought of hacksawing my punkins but I have made several like this, both cutting on pull and push for various uses around the shop although not as pretty as yours! They come in real handy sometimes when you need a short blade to trim something quickly!

-- Dennis, WV

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#3 posted 10-31-2014 01:31 PM

This is a cool idea. I used a keyhole saw last year but this is a lot better.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 10-31-2014 02:28 PM

Great looking saw, when the kids, grand kids were around, I made some from coping saw and sabre saw
blades that worked OK, but definitelly did not look as good. Yours is probably stiff enough that you can
use it as a jab saw.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 10-31-2014 08:04 PM

Does burning off the paint hurt the blade’s temper?

I made a bunch of these from coarse scrollsaw blades and they work beautifully. If you sharpen the tip, they are very easy to insert and use. I like the copper ferrule.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 10-31-2014 09:05 PM

That’s a nice job on the knife. Makes carving the pumpkin more rewarding. Myself I use drywall router, that works good to.

-- Mark, Newton, NC.

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#7 posted 10-31-2014 11:41 PM

bobasaurus, It doesn’t take that much heat to burn the paint off. A little heat and a wire brush is all it takes. No where near enough heat to take the temper out.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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