Making Hand Tools....Bow Saw

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I’ve set about making my own frame saw, or if you prefer, bow saw. My first thought for the blade, and pins was to use a thin piece of a bandsaw blade, and pins from a coping saw. Then I lucked out by finding a free PDF download from Gramercy Tools, along with a set of various blades and pins. In checking the cheek dimensions I guessed spot on at 12” in length. Gramercy sells their saw made from hickory. Most woodworkers I’ve spoken to dislike working with hickory, myself included. I’m using beech that I purchased from the Greenville Woodworkers Guild. Luckily the plank is big enough that the large off cut is kept for a new bench top for later on. The knobs are curly maple, that a friend of mine turned for me. I used padauk as the tensioner.Not gluing the cheek to stretcher joinery is somewhat tricky to hold tight while shaping, but making this joint stationary renders the saw useless, and it will look better on display than in use. This joint needs a tiny amount of play when the blade is tensioned, so no glue. While there are some minor imperfections, it’s mine and hopefully will be for a long time to come.

-- Twitter-@thebenchroom

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#1 posted 597 days ago

Beautiful saw John ,extra nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 597 days ago

Nice saw.
I need to check out Gramercy’s site.
I would like to make one.

Thanks for sharing.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#3 posted 597 days ago

Very nice work. On my someday list ;-) I have had the blade too long now ;-(

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 597 days ago

Very cool! And at 12in that will make this a very useful size as well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 597 days ago

Great satisfaction in making you own tools, greater satisfaction in using them . Enjoy a job well done.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 597 days ago

Roy Underhill did one of these on his TV show, and I admire anyone who makes and uses their tools … Kudos

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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#7 posted 596 days ago

John, beautiful work. Hoping to try and make one, can I ask where to get the PDF?

-- Pete in NC

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#8 posted 596 days ago

nice job :-)
enjoy … nothing can beat using tools you have made yourself


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#9 posted 596 days ago

Thanks everyone. Here’s the link I used to make my saw. I didn’t stay exactly on course, I made the center of the cheeks a little wider for looks, but the joinery layout is the same. Have fun!

-- Twitter-@thebenchroom

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#10 posted 596 days ago

nice saw kit.i like the choice of woods you picked. now i guess you’ve got to learn how to use it

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