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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 03-23-2017 05:55 PM 1167 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased the hardware from Gramercy Tools (toolsforworkingwood.com). The stretcher is cherry wood, the swan neck cheeks are hickory (the wood Gramercy uses for their build). The handles and the toggle are from a wood pile of “domestic cutoffs” at Woodcraft. It’s a light wood with prominent grain and easy to turn and plane. This was the first time I worked with hickory… hard stuff. The design is from Gramercy (they have a PDF that is free to download – you don’t need to buy anything there) modified to the swan neck design after looking at several different examples online. I generally finish to smooth but don’t try to erase all the tooling marks. It was shaped by hand and I want that to show. Finished with BLO and paste wax.

-- Todd





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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 06:14 PM

Very nice … good job, Todd!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 06:54 PM

Beautiful bow saw Todd.

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 06:59 PM

Awesome.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mafe

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 10:41 PM

Beautiful saw, really fine work.
I did not know there were a download for design, so I made my own some time back:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/32147
So now our swans can dance together.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Tim Royal

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#5 posted 03-24-2017 01:18 AM

Great looking saw… on my project list.

-- -Tim Royal -"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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#6 posted 03-24-2017 01:50 AM

Nice

-- Jeff NJ

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Chiaroscuro

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#7 posted 03-24-2017 06:06 AM

Thanks all! Mads – I actually designed (in my head) and purchased hardware to make a custom saw from Lowe’s found brass bits and blades… then I found the Gramercy kit and PDF and decided I liked their idea better. I especially like that the blade can be turned freely because of the integrated flange on the pin. I have seen your saw on PDF searches for swan neck designs, but went with a design with the bill flush with the cheeks. I considered eyes and some more complicated embellishments that I saw in a beautiful ebony (?) design on Fine Woodworking, but felt it was too much. It was a fun build, although refining a shape with a rasp and file in hickory is a bit of a chore.

-- Todd

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 03-24-2017 12:09 PM

This is a beautiful shop made tool and I love the details and craftsmanship. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#9 posted 03-26-2017 10:00 PM

I like that you kept the tool marks to show the hand crafting. I do the exact same thing.

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