Turning Saw

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This turning saw is built using the kit from Tools for Working Wood, along with their excellent free plans. The frame is hickory and the handles are cocobolo. The only reason for the fancy handles is that the wood was laying around by my lathe being useless at the time. The hickory came from leftovers from making the slats for my Wing Chun dummy. It seemed like as good a time as any to make the saw, since everything except the hardware kit was already present and accounted for.

This kit makes for a simple project well within the reach of most woodworkers, and ends with a new and extremely useful tool for the shop. For full details of construction, read my series of blog articles:

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#1 posted 01-01-2011 04:43 AM

Looks good. I have a blade to make a saw, I didn’t know where to get the ends so I was going to make them. Maybe i’ll just order a set, thanks for the link.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 04:50 AM

i made one years ago
just used a band saw blade
drilled some holes in it
and put a nail in each one
in a slot in the yoke
the tension holds them in place
real crude
but worked great

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-01-2011 05:05 AM

I was thinking about tensioning on the bottom with the blade, but that would work too. Thanks for the idea David.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 01-01-2011 06:31 AM

Nice! That is way cool!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 01-01-2011 01:53 PM

that is realy a buty compare to the straight up and down we have in Denmark
I like the curveed bows you have over there and I think I have to make a few myself
just to pleasurre my eye´s ….lol

take care

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#6 posted 01-01-2011 04:20 PM

That’s a beautiful tool and you will always be proud of it because you made it yourself.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-01-2011 05:22 PM

I just might have to check that kit out.
Looks good

-- Doug...

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#8 posted 01-01-2011 09:21 PM

Nice one Robert! Nothing like making your own tools.

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

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 09:28 PM

Looks great! I’ve been eyeing this project up for quite a while now and the kit from TFWW looks like a nice little set.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#10 posted 01-02-2011 01:42 AM

Great Job!! I really like it, this is inspiration for me to make one of these as opposed to buying one.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 01-02-2011 03:44 AM

Really nice, Robert. I’ve always intended to make one of these. Maybe someday.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 01-02-2011 06:52 PM

Nice looking saw. I like the cocobolo. My only advice is to be careful on the tensioning. Over tightening can have tragic consequences. (don’t ask how I know.)


-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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