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Project by Don posted 2605 days ago 3320 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I saw Mark's Bow Saw last week, I decided that I would make one. His inspired me to make something I’d been wanting to make for some time.

Mine uses the brass pins from Gramercy Tools. I also followed the plans available as a free download on this site.

The wood is Australian Blackwood. The finish is Tung Oil.

The mortise and tenon joinery has rounded shoulders to enable the cross piece to pivot when tension is applied.

Here’s another shot with the saw leaning against an old wooden smoothing plane.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/





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Dorje

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#1 posted 2605 days ago

I’m trying to find the form of a box here…nope, not coming! Good looking saw, I’m assuming that you had the hardware at the ready?

Have you ever seen Tage Frid cut dovetails with his bow saw? And with a blade that’s at least an 1” or more wide!

Well, now that you have your original band saw, you can stay up late and cut curves!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Don

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#2 posted 2605 days ago

I ordered the hardware from an Ozzie supplier, it came the day after I ordered it.

Now, I will play with it a little, but I do own a band saw, so this is more for just the pleasure of making it. I have a few old tools I’ve collected, and I may simple consider this a collection piece.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dorje

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#3 posted 2605 days ago

Very nice! I can respect that!

I bet that was fun to make! Get your spokeshaves in on the action? What tooling did you use to shape everything post band saw (with the exception of the handles which I see were turned!)?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Don

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#4 posted 2605 days ago

Well, Dorje, I would like to say I used a spokeshave, but I used this great little Aussie tool, the Wasp Sander. It’s the fasted way to shape that I know. May not be traditional, but it sure works well.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dorje

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#5 posted 2605 days ago

Again – I can respect that! It is 2007 still isn’t it?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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MsDebbieP

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#6 posted 2605 days ago

Dorje, you beat me to it.
I was going to say, “Don- what a lovely little box”
:)

Nicely done, Don

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 2605 days ago

Hey Don,

Great workmanship! Maybe you should stamp a previous date into it so it fits in the collection better.

I’ve made one of these, which I don’t use often, but like you couldn’t resist making.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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dennis mitchell

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#8 posted 2605 days ago

Shucks one more thing to put on my to do list! Great looking saw.

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PanamaJack

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#9 posted 2605 days ago

Just a great job on your new tool Don.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2605 days ago

Very Nice!
Someday, I guess I’ll have to make one.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dorje

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#11 posted 2605 days ago

Me too!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 2605 days ago

Looks like one of those instant heirlooms!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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mot

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#13 posted 2605 days ago

Awesome, Don!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Philip Edwards

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#14 posted 2605 days ago

Love it, Don! Great looking saw, I’ve been meaning to make one for ages.
Cheers
Phil

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Bob Babcock

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#15 posted 2605 days ago

Very nice….looks like a particularly well cared for antique. You’ll have to make at least one small box with it before it goes into the collection though.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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