Just a bowsaw, not frame one

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Project by Julio Alonso posted 09-01-2011 06:24 AM 2044 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Keep on toolmaking series this is a bowsaw very light inspired by the best toolmakers such as Gramercy or Eccentric or Glenn Drake, possitively I was wondering for a different handles which will improve performance and ergonomics. I realized classic backsaws have different tote angles and I thought it would be a good idea to test something like that since I have always like to push rather than pulling the teeth´s stroke even the blade I have include is japanese !!!!!!!!
I have used hard maple, zebrawood and mopane wood, I have to say as well I like more to use a cord than a wire with wingnut to put tension into the blade


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#1 posted 09-01-2011 10:20 AM

Nice work, looks like it would work well.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 12:23 PM

Julio, that is a beautiful job on that saw. You will love to use it because you made it yourself!! I really like your tightening system on top. That is a neat design…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 03:21 PM

Good to see you again Julio. I love the way you curved the bridge support. Yet another very well thought out and well executed tool.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 04:48 PM

Great job on the bow saw. After seeing yours, I am wanting to build one…

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 04:53 PM

Very nice!! There is a great reward and satisfaction from working with tools that you make rather than buy. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 07:51 PM

Very elegant, art meets function in this piece. Well done,

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Julio Alonso

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 09:16 PM

Thank you so much friends and buddies, I truly apprecite such kind words.
Ryan I am glad to see you as always too I was on holidays and I hadnt got internet I also quit the fb account and finally I think this is my place beside my blog


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#8 posted 09-02-2011 12:12 AM

realy a nice bow/frame saw
there is nothing wrong with the cord system
its simple but you don´t need a tool to tighten
using a cord is the traditionell way here in skandinavia and Germany
push or pull dosn´t matter with this type of saw :-)
I don´t use the handles other than to adjust the blade I just grab the plump part and saw

thank´s for sharing

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 02:32 AM

I think for woodwork this place is a bit more constructive. I have actually thought about paring down my fb account quite a bit myself.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#10 posted 09-03-2011 05:33 PM

Un gran trabajo, como siempre Julio, digno de un artesano como tú.

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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Julio Alonso

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#11 posted 09-04-2011 02:37 AM

Muchisimas gracias Hector, es un verdadero honor recibir esas palabras tan amables de un verdadero profesional. Y es una alegria volver a leerte. Aunque te parezca mentira mienstars comstri esta herramienta en algun momento me acorde de ti cuan una vez comentaste el vide de Frank K. explicando que usaba una ‘san jose’ jejeje no es la misma pero tienen parentesco
Hasta pronto amigo


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