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Retooling Project 1: Bow Style Coping Saw

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Project by Infernal2 posted 05-23-2012 07:35 PM 1691 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I’ve been retooling the shop and at the same time, building a shed for all the junk in my workshop so that I can finally have some working room. This is the first completed small project since I’ve joined but I have made a few other functional tools such as a mallet.

The wood is upcycled long-leaf pine that I got from a set of pallet strap downs with oak dowels turned on my drill press. I tried to go all wood except for the blade but the doweling kept breaking under the pressure so I used 5/16 all-thread epoxied into the handles.





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#1 posted 05-23-2012 10:26 PM

Looks great and I bet it’s a lot more fun to use than one purchased. Great job.

-- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 06:32 AM

Beefy little coping saw. I have some band saw blade pieces I’ve been thinking of making bow for out of scraps.

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 08:10 AM

Nice one.
Home made tools makes our smiles bigger.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 03:14 PM

I like that. Have you used it much?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 08:32 PM

Thanks!

@Nomer, I used it today to make a few test dovetails. It’s different because I’ve had to get used to slightly loosening the toggle for a different angle in my cut as I keep the tension pretty darn tight. It works great though and it makes me really glad I left a little extra room at the end of the mortises for that extra umph! in tension.

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 09:11 PM

I work with students (and graduates) with special needs. My thoughts were to take a bow saw blade and cut it into sections for the students to make their own stair saws. It would have to be a blade with more width naturally. With a stair saw, they could set the depth of cut to make kerfs in a uniform way and make the dado and lap joints more professional looking. They could then trim out the bottom of the joint with a manual router, maybe the one they make themselves like I saw here in LJ. The idea of taking advanced emergency medical care classes so I could feel more comfort when they fire up the table saws just isn’t soothing to me. I would love to have them make their own bow saws too. You inspire me.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#7 posted 05-25-2012 04:04 AM

@Nomer,

Actually, that’s a great idea and I think you’ve inspired me as well for a future project. I have an old saw blade that I picked up broken at a garage sale that I was thinking about reworking into a gent’s saw but it will take far less work (and will probably be more useful) as a stair saw.

As to that homemade router plane, I’m absolutely with you. I have an allen key already sharpened for the task and I’m stuck debating whether I want to cast it in aluminum or just make it all wood.

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#8 posted 05-25-2012 03:30 PM

I have taken a class (twice I liked it so much) at Tillers International in Battle Creek, Michigan. It is all about small foundry and one of the tasks the instructor was playing with was casting a Stanley 71. I am sure you can cast a version of a hand router for your allen key in aluminum. If that’s what you are talking about, we should talk more about it. Let me see if I can find a picture of the project he was working on, then maybe we can pm about it as the folks here don’t need to have us go on and on about aluminum. Not that I wouldn’t like to … but I have no intention of being anything but friendly and supportive here. This is one of the only places I have ever felt that folks tried to be nice to each other or not say anything at all.
That is how I like to live life, (unless I get to the tipping point of pissoffedness.)

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#9 posted 05-25-2012 03:42 PM

Here is a website one of my instructors runs.
http://www.nonesuchtools.com/recast.html
and his collection of router plane pictures
http://www.nonesuchtools.com/routers/index.html

I have pictures and short videos of our casting adventures. Wood and metal … love it.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 05-25-2012 06:19 PM

Nomer,

That’s just an awesome cast and it looks like the green sand you had access to is of excellent quality. I had planned to do a really rough cast (same basic shape though) made from a wooden mold and would probably sprue out the cast just to the left or right of the throat.

And I totally understand what you mean Nomer and I completely agree, I see absolutely no need to be anything but as friendly and as helpful as I can be and I agree, we can pick this conversation up via PM. Not everyone wants to breathe sawdust AND metal fumes. ;)

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#11 posted 05-25-2012 06:29 PM

That was the work of my instructor. Mine are not as detailed as yet. I am trying to make branding irons for the students to use on their projects. We found anything they sold at school brought more money when it was branded with the school letters. Now off to the PM world.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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