|Project by JeremyPringle||posted 05-02-2015 11:31 PM||1177 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
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.