Bow saw from kit

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Project by JeremyPringle posted 05-02-2015 11:31 PM 1098 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a Gramercy bow saw kit quite a while ago but never got around to making it. Until now.

I am currently working on a Chippendale Lowboy (you can read the blog series here)
The Lowboy is one of my bucket builds and I am also using it to motivate myself to do things around the shop that need to be done that I don’t necessarily want to do (like clean and organize everything). And building the bow saw is part of that.

I used curly maple for the bow saw, but I misread the dimensions when I was milling the material and made it 1/8 too narrow. I glued on a strip of cherry to the backside of the two cheeks to make up the width knowing that most of it was going to be removed anyways. So I think it added a neat little detail. I used rasps, files and a block plane to do all the shaping.

The toggle is made from spalted maple.

The kit had two (I believe) hickory handles with it, but I wanted to make my own out of either curly or spalted maple. But when I went scavenging for the material in my small scraps bin I found the only piece of cocobolo left in my shop.. and it was just long enough to make both knobs. I love turning cocobolo. It turns so cleanly and when using a skew chisel the surface that is left behind is soooo smooth.

I used a light coat of Tried and True Danish oil for the finish.

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#1 posted 05-02-2015 11:54 PM

Very nice Jeremy. Gramercy is just all good stuff. I may have to make one of these even though I wouldn’t likely use it much. ... Just such a cool tool.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 02:53 AM

I made one using their plans but made it shorter so I could use coping saw blades, really like your wood choice

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 03:40 AM

Looks like it turned out really nice! have you had a chance to use it yet? How does it cut?

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#4 posted 05-03-2015 10:57 AM

A really nice saw, one of those it will be a pleasure to use.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 05-03-2015 11:07 PM

Very nice saw, every time I see one of these saws I think of Frank Klausz's three-minute dovetails using a bow saw. He make it look so easy!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 11:07 AM

To save you the embarrassment of people seeing that you’ve really messed that project up, I’ve sent you a PM with my address so you can get rid if it. I’ll keep it hidden away in my shop for you. That’s what buds are for, right? Lol.
All joking aside that’s a beautiful saw. I’ve got the hardware ordered last week for mine. Hopefully they’ll get there orders in and ship sometime this week.
I would like to make it out of some curly white oak but most all blogs and instructions talk about making sure you have straight grain from top to the streacher. Do you feel like this wood would be strong enough to handle the tension?

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#7 posted 05-05-2015 03:32 AM

Thanks Troy. You almost caught me there at first. I have a guy that trolls me all the time and that’s something he would say. Hee hee.

As for using curly white oak… that’s something no one wants to see… you should send it to me and I will hide it for you…

I really don’t see why it would not work. I really don’t feel that the tension on those blades is that much, and I don’t see why most woods wont work. If.. and I mean IF it ever breaks… you get to build it again. But I want to see some pictures when its done.

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#8 posted 05-05-2015 10:40 AM

Yeah, can’t wait till the pieces get here to start working on it.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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