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I Made A Bowsaw

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Project by BCDesign posted 07-28-2018 10:22 PM 770 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a bowsaw for the toolmake18 contest on YouTube. It was my first time making one but I really like how it turned out. The saw is made out of walnut with a maple tension peg. I used paracord to tension the bowsaw as I couldn’t find a more traditional looking cord to use. The hardest part of the project was making the curved tenons, these allow the handles of the saw to pivot which allows the blade to become tensioned when the cord is twisted tight. I finished it with oil and beeswax.

I made a video of the build for my YouTube channel BCDesign Check it out!


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-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 07-29-2018 12:00 AM

This looks like a really good saw for dimensioning lumber, the saw blade looks very aggressive for fast cutting.

I’m wondering if this saw, modified to permit the blade to rotate 90 degrees, would be useful in resawing boards. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Thanks for posting, great work.

-- "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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lew

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#2 posted 07-29-2018 12:46 AM

Nicely done!

Thanks for the video link.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 07-29-2018 01:47 AM

Very cool project.

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

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#4 posted 07-29-2018 01:50 AM

Very nice looking bowsaw.

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#5 posted 07-29-2018 06:03 AM

Great work on that tool! I think I will skip that project

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-29-2018 12:04 PM

You did a wonderful job on this bowsaw and it will be a fine addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 07-29-2018 03:38 PM

Great saw, loved the video, especially the Lego brick drill press (how witty is that). I kept thinking while you were shaping out the circular cuts first for the mortises, then for the cord relief that I would be cheating, and use my oscillating drum sander. You kind of mimicked it using your empty drill bit tube, wrapped in sandpaper.

All I can think of there is….... Luke, Come over to the dark side. Burn some electrons with me…...

Impressive saw, awesome post, loved the video. Please excuse my joking, early morning and I’m full of coffee, it makes me a bit wound up.

Thanks for posting, it was enjoyable, and Congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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BCDesign

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#8 posted 07-29-2018 10:34 PM



This looks like a really good saw for dimensioning lumber, the saw blade looks very aggressive for fast cutting.

I m wondering if this saw, modified to permit the blade to rotate 90 degrees, would be useful in resawing boards. Do you have any thoughts on that?

Thanks for posting, great work.

- Oldtool

Yeah you can make a frame saw with the blade in the middle that you can resaw wood with, check out James Wright on youtube channel (woodbywright) he made one.


-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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BCDesign

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#9 posted 07-29-2018 10:36 PM



Great saw, loved the video, especially the Lego brick drill press (how witty is that). I kept thinking while you were shaping out the circular cuts first for the mortises, then for the cord relief that I would be cheating, and use my oscillating drum sander. You kind of mimicked it using your empty drill bit tube, wrapped in sandpaper.

All I can think of there is….... Luke, Come over to the dark side. Burn some electrons with me…...

Impressive saw, awesome post, loved the video. Please excuse my joking, early morning and I m full of coffee, it makes me a bit wound up.

Thanks for posting, it was enjoyable, and Congrats on your 3.

- therealSteveN

Thanks! I usually use powertools but wanted to try this with handtools, I had to use a battery drill though because I have no bit and brace

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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BCDesign

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#10 posted 07-29-2018 10:37 PM



You did a wonderful job on this bowsaw and it will be a fine addition to your shop.

- helluvawreck


Thanks!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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mcoyfrog

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#11 posted 07-30-2018 04:58 PM

Kewl

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