|Project by thebenchroom||posted 12-04-2012 02:16 AM||3261 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
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.