Bow Saw

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Project by doubleDD posted 05-17-2017 12:04 AM 1877 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a bow saw that I could carry around with me when I travel in the car. During the summer I carry a chainsaw a lot but that’s not always possible. You never know when you see a log by the road or somewhere and need to cut up a few pieces. I needed it to fit my needs with quick assemble and disassemble and take up little room without damaging it.
I made this quick carrying case with Velcro to wrap it in. It was on old woodcraft bag from a sale months ago and works good.

Simple to make once I knew what I wanted. I selected some white oak I have from some benches that were being thrown out.

Picture 2 shows making a center cut in the bottom of each side of the frame. A 1/4’’-20 threaded insert was installed on each side at the bottom after drilling a through hole.`

Picture 3. you can see the mortise made.

Picture 4. On the top, drilled a hole through each side to except the threaded rod. The left side has a 1/4’’-20 threaded insert to screw in the rod and the right side has a 1/4’’-20 through knob so you can tighten the tension for the blade. Made that one a little fancy.

Pic 5 starting to draw some shape to it to give it that personnel touch and a good feel.

Picture 6. the start of a BLO and marine varnish finish and in it disassemble stage

The two 1/4’’-20 studded knobs hold the 24’’ blade in the bottom nicely wit the 1/4’’-20 inserts.
Thanks for looking. Going to test it out on a fishing trip in a couple days. You can always find some interesting old logs near a lake.
Any questions or comments are welcome.
I should add that I found this 24’’ blade at ace hardware in the bargain bin a few months ago for $2.00. That was the start to this project.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 05-17-2017 12:08 AM

What an excellent tool you made and the idea to be disassembled is top work my friend !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 05-17-2017 12:12 AM

Looks like an excellent plan.. Well made, very portable and a great thing for the RV crowd.

I am going to have to consider doing the same.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 05-17-2017 12:14 AM

Nice job Dave. Very handy to carry around for that odd bit of treasure.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 05-17-2017 12:17 AM

Good one

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 05-17-2017 12:42 AM

Very cooool. And practical.

-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#6 posted 05-17-2017 01:05 AM

Treasure hunter saw !
I agree nice and handy and easy store saw when traveling.
Have fun fishing !


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 05-17-2017 01:07 AM

Great project Dave! Love those fancy knobs you make and how you used some old branches that were being tossed out. Portable…. and it all fits nicely in the velcro to wrap. Prefect!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-17-2017 01:08 AM

That’s really handy to have and well thought out. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 05-17-2017 01:57 AM

Thanks Stelios. Easy assemble and portability was my key design.

ralbuck, this was a cool thing to make. If you make one be sure to post it. I like the r/v crowd idea, Like carrying around a pocket knife for logs.

Thanks Tony. Always looking for those treasures.

Thank you Rick.

Ziggman, it turned out more practical than I hoped for. easy to keep in a car.

Thanks Tony. The knobs were just some practicing for future projects. Always trying to improve the look of them.
I would like to make a dozen or so of these to have on hand.

Hoss, it was like 2 weeks of thinking and one day of building. But I guess a lot of project are like that.

Thanks Klaus. hey maybe I can use it to filet some fish?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 05-17-2017 02:34 AM

Very nice. Can you use that with a turning blade or is it just for logs? Where do you get blades?

-- The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

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#11 posted 05-17-2017 02:57 AM

Love the design, portability, and utility of your saw Dave.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 05-17-2017 03:23 AM

Nice looking and practical with being able to take apart and go inside a case.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 05-17-2017 03:50 AM

Dave $2-00 for the blade was a real bargain!!!!! Great progress Photos…....Very interesting Project. Well made and I like the way it folds up and stows safely out of the way.
I have often thought of a Bow Saw, very handy tool to have.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 05-17-2017 03:55 AM

Very COOL bow saw!

You did a great job building it…

Super deal on that blade!!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 05-17-2017 04:33 AM

Whoaaaaaaa. What a nice saw. Beautiful job on it, Dave!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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