|Project by SwedishIron||posted 01-03-2010 12:08 AM||4847 views||9 times favorited||5 comments|
This is constructed from a Gramercy Bow Saw kit which provides detailed plans, two brass pins and three blades. After much deliberation over materials, the bow saw posts and stretcher were made out of a chunk of 8/4 tight grained quartersawn Osage Orange and the two handles and toggle were turned from a slab of 8/4 Curly Hard Maple.
Joel from Tools for Working Wood provides a first class set of plans plus a great amount of support articles about choosing the best materials for the job. As he stressed on his site, the plans are a great guide as far as thickness and some suggestions for overall shaping of the saw parts. As I built the saw I took liberties and shaped parts to be comfortable for my grip but overall I was impressed and satisfied with the plans.
To simplify things during the build I made sure the plan PDF was printed out 100% to size. It was easy to cut out the profiles, apply them using a spray adhesive and use them as a direct reference for the band saw roughing out the parts and also it made quick work during the next step using the draw knife, rasps and files during the final shaping.
All the Osage Orange parts were sanded down to 320, and the turned Curly Hard Maple parts were sanded down to 600 grit on the lathe.
All the parts for the entire saw have two coats of BLO and were finished off with several light coats of 1 lb. blonde shellac. Finally everything was buffed several times with paste wax.
How it Cuts
The saw performed amazingly well in my test cuts before sending it off to its recipient. Doing several test cuts into a 4/4 block of Poplar I was able to cut some curvy and complex shapes with minimal effort. The secret to this saw is the blades that the kit provides: very thin, minimal set, and variable tooth settings depending on your needs. This is one sweet saw, and is a must for any woodworker that likes to incorporate curves into their work.. or has room to use this during their usual woodworking. I can see this taking the place of a coping saw to cut out the waste from hand cut dovetails.. so many uses.
Why I built it
This was my Secret Santa gift for another woodworking forums hand tool gift exchange. When I ordered the kit I did purchase two of them.. so one day when I have a bit of free time I’ll have one of these in my shop as well.
-- Scott, Colorado