Frame saw, re-sawing by hand

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 05-31-2010 02:17 PM 8357 views 27 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After having less then desirable results resawing with my 14” RIDGID band saw and looking for a solution or alternative I found a couple blogs and set about making a frame saw and re-sawing by hand. You can check out the blogs here: and here: The frame is Ash, the saw blade is cut down from a hand saw, I had it re-toothed at 5 tpi with a 0 degree rake pretty aggressive! I plan on using it for a while and shape it some more for comfort before adding a coat of BLO. The last two pics are the results of my test cut.

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 02:25 PM

looks good , tim ,
i tried the video ,
but it won’t load .
always good to have a back-up .

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 02:34 PM

in fact! it says it’s a private video

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 02:43 PM

It will take you to You tube and you can watch it there. Looks good.

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 02:56 PM

Wow, didn’t figure I would see anyone wanting to resaw by hand. It’s pretty cool but more work that I would want to do. Will you use the hand saw exclusively for resawing?

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 03:09 PM

It looked like it works great. Must be how my Great Grandfather would have done it!

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 03:24 PM

Wonderful and cool!

Is it the fact that the frame is so wide that makes it easy to keep it from wandering or is it that you are using a quality blade?

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 03:50 PM

Nice project and very handy. I can see why you are holding off on the BLO until you reshape the handles. Looks like you were having a little trouble finding a comfortable grip. Impressive saw and the aggressive blade does appear to work very well. Thank you for sharing the links.


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#9 posted 05-31-2010 04:07 PM

I,m way down on the learning curve with the video’s, hopefully its working now.

Sailor, Keep I don’t plan on resawing alot just as needed, for projects and probably short pieces. It can also be used fro a rip cut provided the width of the board is no more than the distance from the frame side to blade, which is about 8 1/2”.

Mike, The frame allows you to use both arms, cutting down on fatigue ang seems to aid in control. The blade is not anything special but from a Craftsman hand saw, the frame also allow you to keep the blade under tension.

David, The video is one of the first cuts I made, so I’m still trying different techniqes. Since making the video I did some more sha

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#10 posted 05-31-2010 05:26 PM

Great idea, and very good video. Very interesting. That saw does seem to be very effective, and cuts straighter than I would have imagined. I think you answered why. I would suppose it is the ability to control the angle due to the wide frame, and the tension on the blade which keeps the blade from bending. As well as the depth of the blade.

Would removeable handles, mounted vertical to the plane of the blade give you a better grip? Try putting some small clamps on it with the bars upright and use the bars as handles. That would give you a feel as to whether handlesmight be useful.

As someone noted, not something I would do, my old joints don’t like too much manual labor.

About the only thing I do more by hand these days is sanding…........using Norton the sanding block. With the 3x paper that block is truly effective. I never liked sanding blocks, I couldn’t get a good grip on them, but Norton solved that problem. Starting out as a joke, and a gimmick, I ended up with a very useful and unique tool.

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#11 posted 05-31-2010 05:44 PM

Cool idea, I just have a small bandsaw myself so something like this could come in handy one day but it seems like a lot of work if you do a lot of re-sawing.

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#12 posted 05-31-2010 05:51 PM

Looks interesting Tim and I hope your saw works great but I can’t help wondering if you used one or two easy techniques or adjustments why you can’t resaw on your band saw. I know some folks enjoy the non power approach so if that’s the case enjoy.

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#13 posted 05-31-2010 07:48 PM

Very nice Timbo, thanks for postin the link to the blog.

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#14 posted 05-31-2010 09:06 PM

Hello there Timbo
congrat´s with the niiiiice framesaw you have made with a big sawblade , seams to work very well,

I have heart people talk about when they resaw they flip the bord everytime they
come down to the corner and when they come to the mitle of the board
they turn it and start flipping again so when you are finish you can see a diamont
in th mitle of the board.
others talk about tilt the saw to a new angle for every each stroke
some of them still flipping others just turn the board when they come to the mitle
the flipping tecnic shuold helping to cut straight thrugh the board
and the changing angle thing shuold help prevent sawmarks and make
a smuther surface so you don´t have to plane so much

here is a link where you can see a big framesaw used by two people
it´s the second picture on the site,category,Saws.aspx

thank´s Timbo for sharing it
it´s one of those things I will make as soon as I can come to some ash
at the right lengh and thickness

take care


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#15 posted 05-31-2010 09:20 PM

Jim, You are too kind on the video but thanks. Once the cuts is established (ie depth of the blade) it does not wander much, this can be a curse as much as a blessing.

It’s really is not that difficult to saw with using both arms and will propbably be easier yet when I have a dedicated saw bench.

A1Jim I could tune up the band saw better and get a re-saw fence, I may do that too. I find myself enjoying the hand tools more these days.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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