Bad Axe Roubo Frame Saw

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 06-29-2017 07:27 PM 2335 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a frame saw kit with lumber from Bad Axe Toolworks back in May and finally got around to assembling it this week. It was a fun build. You need to notch one of the two handles for the bracket for the saw plate, but not the other. Unfortunately, I notched them both, and then had to patch one and spend an extra day waiting for the glue to dry, but it all ended well.

All work was done with hand tools, mostly a backsaw and chisel, but also a coping saw, spokeshave, rasp, bit & brace, and knife. Four mortises, four tenons, one dado, and some curved edges.

Finish was very rudimentary, just a coat of BLO, let it soak for 15 minutes, wipe it off and then dry overnight. I’ll hit it with a second coat eventually and maybe some paste wax, but for now it’s good enough to use.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#1 posted 06-29-2017 07:59 PM

That’s great dave. I have the gramercy version waiting for me to build, along with a ton of other kits I’ve either gotten on free shipping or as gifts. I’m shutting down shop orders now the swap is over and spending time to go through my kits and build stuff.

Great job!

-- Dave - - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#2 posted 06-29-2017 08:08 PM

Thanks, Dave. I need this (and the accompanying kerfing plane) so I can resaw some panels so I can finally build the chisel till I’ve been meaning to build since March or so. I have a dozen chisels in a roll that can hold about six comfortably.

One project leads to another, leads to another….

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 06-29-2017 09:00 PM

Nice job on the saw. That’s an interesting kit. I will have to look it up.

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

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#4 posted 06-29-2017 09:31 PM

Thanks, Dave. I’m impressed with the saw plates from Bad Axe. The kit was pretty good, but I needed to get and consult Tom Fidgen's book to figure out some of the details. If I had more frame saw experience, I guess I could’ve built it without the mistakes, but in that case, I probably would have just bought the saw plate and not the kit.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 06-30-2017 04:10 AM

Nice work Dave! That’ll build some lat muscles :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 06-30-2017 11:05 AM

Yeah, I suspect so, Bill. I bought it thinking I was mostly going to use it for ripping, but I’ve already got multiple projects that need some resawing, too. Some days I think I should have just popped for a band saw, but I really enjoy the lack of noise in my shop.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#7 posted 06-30-2017 11:40 AM

Love it Dave! I’m not a big hand saw guy unless it’s just something I can’t do with my band saw or table saw but I have been planning to make a frame saw for a while now. Is that oak and walnut? I love those two woods against each other :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 06-30-2017 11:57 AM

Yeah, Kenny. The Bad Axe kit includes red oak sandwiching walnut. It’s right purty. I’ve been using red oak for tool handles lately, but that bit of walnut in the middle really makes it pop. Might have to start doing that more myself.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 02-05-2018 07:18 PM

Just ordered one of these saws. Looking forward to trying it out.

-- ~Daniel

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#10 posted 02-05-2018 07:40 PM

I need to finish shaping mine one of these days. I don’t mind using it the way it is, but I really ought to find the time to pretty it up.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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