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This is the Mark II. The first one made from 1” branches proved not stiff enough. Keeping the blade taught requires a good 100lbs of force, and the 1×2 oak handles were up to the job. Designed for slicing big logs, I made the height clearance half of the blade length. The curved brace is a walnut branch, the rest is oak.

The 24” Trailblazer swedish blade from LV does a fine and quick job.





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Dennisgrosen

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#1 posted 998 days ago

congrat´s with your new toy :-) .. nothing like a homemade to use enjoy
I belive you when you say 1 inch wasn´t enoff
I have the blade in two different sized metalbowsaws and it takes realy a big force to prevent
the blade from twisting like a snake .. other than that they does do a great job for the money (cheap ) .. .-)

Nice design with the bridge look :-) thuogh a core wuold look better instead of the stealbar
but that only my taste :-)

take care
Dennis

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dorran

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#2 posted 998 days ago

As beautiful as it is functional.

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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fissionchips

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#3 posted 996 days ago

Thanks for the comments.

This is a bit of a throwback when you can pick up a metal frame saw for $10, but does have an edge in the choice of grip locations and large throat clearance.

Dennis, I tried the traditional wire method to tension it, but the rod and wingnut simply provide a great amount of force quickly and securely. Also, it’s my understanding that any bowsaw should be de-tensioned after use to prevent warping of the frame.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 996 days ago

yes its right you have de-tension it and done very easy with a wooden stick (see that on Mafes blog)
not becourse of the frame but to take the stress frome the blade
it maybee sounds werd in your ears but that how it is I learned it but I can very well
follow what you say … and I will try to find out more about it …proppebly a little of both :-)

where is the fun/buty in buying/using a metalframe ha ha :-)

Dennis

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fissionchips

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#5 posted 996 days ago

I found the link to Mafe’s blog:
http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/25417
I like his half turn string tensioning system!

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 995 days ago

LOL not his alone I´m afraid ….. just known by a few million the last several hundred years :-)

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 995 days ago

It looks like you did a fine job on that saw and you have a right to be proud of it.

-- 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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mafe

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#8 posted 977 days ago

It’s a beautiful saw, really nice lines and fine proportions.
Smiles,
mads

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

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