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This is something that I made a while ago and had to fix up. It is made of maple and the blade is from Highland in Atlanta – bowsaw blades are hard to find in the US. I originally tried to make it so the blade could be turned but what I made was not what I was looking for. The end result is that the blade is fixed on this saw.

Last night I did some tuning up and sharpened the blade to put this into service. It is substantially different from using the western and Japanize style saws and should not be discounted in any way.

Thanks for looking -

-- David in Damascus, MD





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BuyoMasilla

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#1 posted 06-07-2011 03:08 PM

She’s gorgeous! I’ve read about this type of saw, but have never seen them being sold as I’ve looked online. What applications do you use this saw for?

-- Dreaming of the day I might joint two pieces of wood square..........

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dbray45

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#2 posted 06-07-2011 03:14 PM

Cutting wood mostly but sometimes fingers and toes, maybe an arm.

Actually its roots are in Europe, so I am told. If the blade rotates it is a very flexible saw. For traveling, it breaks down into a very compact package. The blade in it is crosscut, I had a rip blade but without the blade rotating, its pointless.

Highland sells the saws in different sizes but where’s the fun in that?

Thanks.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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WayneC

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#3 posted 06-07-2011 04:00 PM

Cool. For blades and parts have you seen what Tools for Working Wood has?

http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchant/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=toolshop&Product_Code=GT-BOW12.XX

I have building a saw high on my to do list.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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dbray45

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#4 posted 06-07-2011 06:05 PM

Wayne -
You know, when I was looking for parts and blades, I couldn’t find much (before LJs). Wouldn’t you know that now we will get multiple places. Gotta love it!

Thank you

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#5 posted 06-07-2011 07:55 PM

Wonderful saw.
I made one also http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46219
(I made some blade holders you can see).
I’ll make a blog soon on how I made mine.
Here in Denmark every carpenter used to use these saws, they were the standard.
Today they are put for trash since no one knows how to sharpen a saw now.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#6 posted 06-07-2011 08:14 PM

That is a very sad thing. They are great once you learn the balance points. Let me know when you post this. It would be nice to make another saw with a pivotable blade.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Div

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#7 posted 06-07-2011 08:51 PM

Ah yes, once you understand them they work very well. Much better than most people would think…

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

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dbray45

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#8 posted 06-07-2011 08:57 PM

Div – understanding is easy, making it work takes a little more effort. In the next saw, I will put the “tail” on it.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Div

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#9 posted 06-07-2011 09:14 PM

True but without understanding the work will be useless! Understanding comes first, then practice, then application :^)The tails, as you call them makes a big difference.

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

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dbray45

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#10 posted 06-07-2011 09:16 PM

This is the understanding part. After making this and using it, the tail on one side is a required part of the saw for correct balance.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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mafe

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#11 posted 06-07-2011 09:25 PM

Here is the princip.
Just a threaded brass rod.
Really simple.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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dbray45

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#12 posted 06-07-2011 11:16 PM

Thank you Mads
I will look at this more tomorrow.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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Arlin Eastman

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#13 posted 06-07-2011 11:36 PM

Great Job
I would like to try that, but in a much smaller saw type that I could use in a wheelchair.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Dennisgrosen

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#14 posted 06-08-2011 11:26 AM

as you have made the saw its called a bucksaw and not a framesaw even though its the same princip
they are build over just with out the pivotinghandles
and they bare pretty easy to use here in Denmark children learn to use bowsaws in sloyd classes in the
primery school :-) and you can either use them as traditionell way as a push saw or as a pullsaw if you want
roughwork or fine joinerwork the framesaw does it all :-).... depending on the teeth pr. inch

thankĀ“s for sharing :-)
Dennis

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Sodabowski

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#15 posted 06-08-2011 11:36 AM

Nice one. I’m actually planning to build one too for veneer sawing.
The oldest veneer company here in France uses such a saw to cut top quality veneer in all kinds of woods and even weeds (palm is a weed), only on a much bigger scale and with full automation of the cutting.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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