Poplar Bow Saw Junior

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Project by jjw5858 posted 11-08-2011 02:06 AM 2788 views 8 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, hope all is well for the world of woodworkers out there.

I was very happy with the output of my larger Pinebeast Bow Saw I posted a while back, so I though I might take aim at something smaller since I had an older smaller Bow Saw blade left out in my shop….can’t let it go to waste ya know…lol

So I though I might take the challenge of using some 1×2 Poplar stock and Poplar 1 1/2 dowel I had bought from Lowe’s and see what I might come up with. I wanted to create something that had an older 1500’s-1700’s traditional look but yet add something visually a bit different and still be functional.

I drew on my design freehand then coped out the pattern. Then took to the curved arches with my wonderful set of Pfiel Chisels….or what I like to call my Peter Follansbee kit….lol…Yes I as well visit his great site and try to tap into what the master uses…lol Amazing work he does…. So I used the chisels to dimesion and carve each side piece.

Then I turned the Poplar little handles on my foot powered lathe and was very suprised how nice that poplar turns…made for a nice job. Mt first time attempting such a smaller size for turning a handle.

Mortice and Tenon by hand….had some improvement on the fit….a little here and there and keep trying to improve.
Added a little leaf for ornament on the middle piece…and here it is my Poplar Bow Saw Junior.

Really love the fit…..and the weight is really comfortable for small jobs needing a smaller saw that can also turn on some curved patterns. Everything is made by hand and foot…lol…....just the treadle part with the foot folks…lol

I hope someone might enjoy this and want to go out and pick up their hand tools!

Thank’s once more for any comments or questions from past projects, I always love to see all of the fantastic jobs on here.

Many great days and pine shavings


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

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#1 posted 11-08-2011 02:17 AM

i Love these saws that have been popping up alot but I have a question….how do they work? I know that doohickey on the string has to have some kinda purpose :S ….awesome work :)

-- M.K.

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#2 posted 11-08-2011 02:20 AM

Wow, fantastic! I intend to buy or build one of these in the near future. My only hesitation is reassuring myself that replacement blades, and by that I mean GOOD blades, will be available in the future, so that the tool does not become obsolescent.
Nice work!! great scrolling, too! Poplar is such a great choice too, lighter than the beech I considered using.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 03:09 AM

I like it.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#4 posted 11-08-2011 03:09 AM

Wow! This is really nice, you did a great job. I haven’t even used one of these yet, I would definitely like to give one a shot.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#5 posted 11-08-2011 04:30 AM

Good looking saw and the ornamentation really sets it apart
The wood grain nicely follows each part to make it strong and last .
Would be a nice piece to have.


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 11-08-2011 06:07 AM

Well done! I am most impressed with your beautiful curves and carving designs.

-- --bch

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#7 posted 11-08-2011 02:36 PM

Really nice, and what lovely details.
I know the feeling of not wanting to waste a blade and so we make a tool…
Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2011 07:26 PM

Nicely done. Wonderful attention to detail.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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