BOW SAW aka "The PineBeast"

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Project by jjw5858 posted 10-14-2011 01:18 AM 3219 views 12 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here is my take on the “Bow Saw” or “Turning Saw”. I have enjoyed the various versions all the folks on here make and have been greatly inspired.

But I would like to thank a lumberjocks buddie of mine Mads for his inpirational work and his tutorial on building a frame saw. It was a great blog and he does terrific work, thanks for your instruction!

My take on this was I wanted something different, something that had some thicker lines all the while keeping it usable. I wanted it to have a touch of a renaissance, or even gothic look to it.

Well my choice of media to start off with is pretty rebellious…being that its mostly all pine…lol I realize harder woods such as Beech, Ash, etc..are more preferred for this kinda deal….but hey…I had some 2×4 stock…..I had an idea…I had no real laid out plan….so I thought this would be a great opportunity to do a full out what I like to call…”Instinct Project” Just a build with little to no written plans, measures, or over evaluations. Just the feel and and experience to see where the wood wants me to go next.

First…I penciled my curved design on some 2×4….and next…a true glutton for woodworking punishment..both pieces were coped sawed out by hand…....yes a cope saw…lol

Then I hand rasped and filed down all of the contours and curves. It was a ton of handwork, sawdust and labor of love. My formula was the usual get the first piece sculpted then base the second one from that.

Then I morticed and tenoned out the mid section.

I had some left over cherry wood from my backwoods pile so to get a little country woodworking into the mix I sawed and axed two pieces out, took them to my shavehorse and then over to the springpole lathe for turning.

The first time I had a chance to turn Cherry and I will say it turned through very nice and workable.

Once that was tended to I set out marks for where my blade would be set in….and thought Acorns and Wingnuts and since I am half nuts…lol….....I figured it would dress it up nice and give me more control for tightening during sawing.

I also changed it up a bit by going with the 1/4 rod on top for the tension…I liked the feeling of this more, so I gave it a go.

I assembled my pieces, and she came to life…..took it over to saw some scrap wood in the vise…..and hell….I gotta say…it exceeds my original ideas…...cuts pretty dam nice and the contouring is really very comfortable to grip. The weight feels really balanced, also very good if you want to turn the blade in certain directions for a certain angle or project situation.

The entire project was all hand crafted from cope saw to rasp, file and chisel, with a lot of hard work and discipline. Still some sanding and a little clean up left….but I wanted to share with the crew.

I hope someone may enjoy this and once more Mads thanks for your great spirit, talents and encouragement that you never even knew you inspired…..until now.

Cheers and best wishes!

Oh look at that….It’s beer time…lol, be well friends!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 10-14-2011 01:30 AM

Great job on this build I like it a lot and there is no rule using pine that I know off.


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 05:31 AM

Very nice saw!!

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

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#3 posted 10-14-2011 09:46 AM

Sweet design and finish…well done.

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#4 posted 10-14-2011 02:58 PM

You have been making a nice little suite of tools lately. I really like the last shot that shows all the new additions.

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

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#5 posted 10-14-2011 05:25 PM


-- Brazjuca guarapari Brasil. All worth it when the soul is not small. (Fernando Pessoa)

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 01:28 AM

Yes tools grow like grass also for you I see…
That is a really nice saw you got your self made there, and I think you made a design that suited the material.
I love pine when it is used right, the only problem with pine is that it is not used right and so many disrespect it wrong.
Well done buddy, now we can saw away!
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 01:28 AM

And thank you for your kind words.

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

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