Tage Fride style bowsaw

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Project by MisterPants posted 05-23-2010 07:01 PM 1727 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past year or so, I’ve become more enamored with hand tools and started moving away from being a pure power tool user. While I like having both options available in the shop, and will need to have my tablesaw pulled from my cold dead hands, I figured I needed a few good hand tools to round out my abilities. To that end, I’ve been scrounging some old tools where I can find them, and made a few where I couldn’t (or that looked interesting).

For general hand sawing I decided upon a bow saw, and received some good instruction from a gentleman who’d actually done some studying under the late mister Fride. The results are shown above. The saw itself is cherry and padauk.

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#1 posted 05-23-2010 07:05 PM

Looks good . That must have been something to have studied under Tage Fride

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-23-2010 07:09 PM

Now lets that beautiful saw dive into some halfblind dovetails like tage

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 08:14 PM

I need to make one of these! Yours looks great. Where/how did you get the blade for it? And what did you use for the cord used to tension it?

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 09:26 PM

Sweeet! To use Mafe’s words, if I may, I bend in the dust with him.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 01:29 AM

I tried to make one and wound up hiding it under some lumber. Yours is beutiful. Makes me want to try again. Did you make your own plan or is it available somewhere. That is art as much as it is tool.

-- Couldn't think of anything clever. I LIKE WOOD

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 03:40 AM

@thatwoodworkingguy hehe yeah that’s the plan. The guy who taught me made it look effortless. Mine not so much :).

@dozuki No plan per se. I did this one in a class. The toughest part is getting good blades from my understanding.

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 03:48 AM

very cool

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 03:56 AM

now the question is…. did you use power tools to make it? LOL :)

It looks beautiful, almost too beautiful to use.

-- San Diego, CA

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 11:04 PM

beautyfull bowe you have made
tanks for sharing


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