Bow saw, take 2

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 04-08-2017 06:49 AM 391 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another bow saw made with the kit from Gramercy Tools. The previous I had made into a swan neck, this time I wanted to follow their original design. I toyed with making it out of ebony because I had seen a beautiful one on the internet but opted not to because of cost. I had been chatting with Matt at the local Woodcraft (Ventura) and he had said that he had ebonized hickory with good success. I should mention that I had no idea how one does that and didn’t ask him at the time. I came across the recipe online (dissolve 0000 steel wool in white vinegar and pre and post treat with tannin solution, i.e. strong tea). Tried it out on the hickory and cherry frame with some success. Not sure I like the color, but it was a fun process to try and I had the necessary stuff just sitting around (noting that I used actual tea instead of the tanning bark that the recipes use)d. There are two easily googled instructions (one from Fine Woodworking) so I won’t go into details. The cherry stretcher turned out far darker than the hickory. Handles and toggle are from “domestic cutoff” pile at Woodcraft. Redwood maybe? It’s fairly soft and light. Oh, I should mention I beefed up the toggle a bit because I broke the one on my other saw (when it spun quickly around as I was untensioning the saw). I made two today, this one and the replacement.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 04-08-2017 06:56 PM

This is the link to the kit (essentially the blades and the brass holders @ ~$29). I did buy the string from them too, but anything you have on hand should work. I was making my own kit from stuff I could find at Lowe’s, but the flange on the brass pin sold me. I wanted to turn my own handles though. And they don’t sell the toggle, but in a pinch you could use pretty much anything from a small twig to an offcut if you don’t have a lathe.

The PDF that they supply for free is great (if you are printing it at home you need legal sized paper):

If you like hand tools, they have a bunch of cool stuff. I liked the kit and ended up buying a second and some auger bits. Always on the lookout for small companies with cool stuff and good customer service. Just wish some of these places were on the west coast so I could swing by and see the shop.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 04-08-2017 09:15 PM

Looks like these were fun projects.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 04-27-2017 04:23 PM

Looks good … you should try your hand at a frame saw.

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

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