Fret saw and ripping saw

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Project by Zipsss posted 06-18-2011 04:34 PM 1569 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some more tools that I needed to complete some of my projects.

The rip saw is great for re sawing pieces that don’t fit in my band saw. The walnut panels on my jewelry box were cut with this tool. The blade is 1 inch wide and 24 ” long that I bought from some obscure site in Chicago. It tracks well but I rather have one that cut on both strokes. The wood is leftover sweet gum, and the dovetail holds by friction and pressure, no glue.

The fret saw is from a plan from , and I use it to cut the waste in the dovetails. Done with left over Elm from my 6 chairs project.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 06-18-2011 04:58 PM

Nice! I made one of the fret (turning) saws myself, but used hickory. I’ve never used sweetgum. Here in the South it’s considered to be relatively worthless. How did it work?

I’ve toyed with making a rip saw, but haven’t gone that far down the slippery slope yet. The dovetailed frame is a nice touch. Good stuff!

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#2 posted 06-18-2011 05:17 PM

Really nice saws.
I enjoy the details.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 06-18-2011 05:31 PM

Very cool tools you have made.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 06:24 PM

My first visit to a wood forum in 3 years since I became disillusioned with the lack of actual woodwork discussion on the last one I frequented and I find these gorgeous saws.
Think I’m gonna like it here :)

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#5 posted 06-18-2011 06:38 PM

Hi Zev;

Nice job on these!


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#6 posted 06-18-2011 07:02 PM

Very nice! One if these days I’m going to try making one of those fret saws but the rip saw looks like entirely too much work. Not in the building but in the using. BSEG

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 07:36 PM

Love both of these saws; really nice work! How/where did you get the hardware on the rip saw? I’d like to make one since I’m to cheap to buy a bandsaw but need to resaw material with something thinner than my western rip saw.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#8 posted 06-18-2011 07:57 PM

Thank you Lee.

The hardware for the rip saw is a couple of 5/16 inch screw rods. I cut a slit of about 3/4 inch on one side and then drill a hole for the cross piece that grabs the blade. The other side of the rod gets a knob that sets in the tension on the blade.

-- Zipsss

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#9 posted 06-19-2011 12:57 AM

Z’eev Great looking tools. Nice job on the construction. Bring them to our next picnic.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 06-20-2011 08:55 PM

Nice tools. Some bowsaws are some tools I need to make soon.

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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