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Project by Ron Aylor posted 04-17-2018 09:33 PM 2339 views 10 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw -
 
               
 
Inspired by an extant framed saw of the late eighteenth century, built by Samuel Wing of Sandwich, Massachusetts, on display at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, and pictured on page 85 of TOOLS: Working Wood in Eighteenth -Century America  by James Gaynor and Nancy Hagedorn.
 

 
100% unplugged, made of 3/4” cherry, finished with boiled linseed oil. Total weight approximately 3 pounds. Saw Blade is 1-1/2” x 27-1/2” (9 tpi). Total investment, blade and lumber … about $20.
 
Blade tension is achieved via a maple wedge …
 

 
... and has very little deflection.
 

 
Thanks for looking!
 
Follow my progress with the links below.
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #1: The Want
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #2: Handles
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #3: Cart Before the Horse
Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #4: Side Rails and a Test Drive
 

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





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#1 posted 04-17-2018 09:45 PM

So cool, Ron! I really like the color of the cherry, and the carving on the sides. Um, and the execution of the project. Yeah, it’s all cool!

-- Pete

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#2 posted 04-17-2018 10:28 PM



So cool, Ron! I really like the color of the cherry, and the carving on the sides. Um, and the execution of the project. Yeah, it’s all  cool!

- PPK


Thanks, Pete.

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

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#3 posted 04-17-2018 10:34 PM

This is a very interesting project. I like the all-wood approach you took.

How easy is it to tension the saw without shifting the blade’s position in the frame?

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#4 posted 04-17-2018 10:52 PM


This is a very interesting project. I like the all-wood approach you took.

How easy is it to tension the saw without shifting the blade’s position in the frame?

- Mr_Pink


Thank you! Blade tensioning is easy …
 

 
...just hold blade housing in the center of the handle with thumb and index finger and give the wedge a few taps … doesn’t take much!

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

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#5 posted 04-17-2018 11:44 PM

Very nice, one sweet saw. The carving is a nice touch.
The teeth look to be very aggressive, should cut nice & fast. How is it for staying true & not wondering off course? With a blade that wide, I’m guessing it stays on course.
I noticed you went with metal pins over the original wooden dowels. Did you experience any problems?
Nice work, now enjoy using it.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 04-18-2018 12:12 AM

Looks great! That’s a really nice addition for your shop.

-- Elroy

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#7 posted 04-18-2018 12:27 AM

On display at OSV!? That’s not far from me and we go once or twice a year. I guess it’s part of the Planed, Grained, & Dovetailed exhibit? I don’t remember seeing a frame saw there…

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#8 posted 04-18-2018 12:29 AM

Came out looking darned sharp, Ron. Well done!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 04-18-2018 01:59 AM

Looks great…just a tad too big for my shop…..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#10 posted 04-18-2018 02:17 AM

Great looking saw Ron.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 04-18-2018 02:38 AM

Very nice looking saw. Great job!

-- Steve, Minneapolis area

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#12 posted 04-18-2018 02:56 AM

Great build. I love old handmade saws like this. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 04-18-2018 03:42 AM

Super job Ron. It looks like it will get the job done easily.

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

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#14 posted 04-18-2018 03:52 AM

Vet Nice Indeed Ron & Well Done!

-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#15 posted 04-18-2018 04:44 AM

Realy beautiful. That old tool has it’s own special charm and beauty.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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