"a bowsaw from pallet wood"

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Project by PaBull posted 05-15-2008 06:51 AM 4099 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the design from On this website you will find the exact plans with to scale drawings. There are more designs, like on

The lumber was from pallets that came from Taiwan with plant material for our nursery.

I thought it was cool to make this thing low cost. the metal pins are made from door hinge pins. The tention cord is a shoe lace I bought at Albertsons.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 05-15-2008 07:54 AM


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#2 posted 05-15-2008 08:15 AM

It’s surprising what you can find in those tossed out pallets huh? Good job!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 05-15-2008 08:33 AM

Great project!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#4 posted 05-15-2008 09:42 AM

Very neat project but it looks like work to use. mike

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#5 posted 05-15-2008 12:20 PM

Wow I would have never thought of making something like that out of pallet wood. Our local lumber and hardware supplier puts ads in the paper for free pallets. I know there is all kinds of different lumber in that stack. They get a lot of there products from overseas. When I got my table saw the pallet it was on was made from glued up wood shavings. There were depressions in the pallet to make up the ‘legs’. My better half noticed them and asked if I could cut them out so she could have them for flower pots and starter pots for the garden. I thought they would either just fall apart upon the first rain storm (and oh how it has rained here.) but they didnt. My next thought the resiin that held it all together would harm the plants, but the plants are thriving. Hmmm maybe the lead in the resin helps. Oh did I type that? I might have to check out the pallet stack today, you have me all inspired now. note to myself, pick up dust mask. Check country of origin of pallet stock Off to Stoll Brothers I go…..Zoom

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#6 posted 05-15-2008 01:09 PM

Very nice! Thanks for the links, another thing for the todo list :)

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#7 posted 05-15-2008 01:29 PM

This is the kind of project that sends me running for the shop. Thanks for the great saw.

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#8 posted 05-15-2008 01:54 PM

Very nice work! If nothing else it was a seriously low cost solution. THe remaining question is; How well does it cut?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 05-15-2008 02:22 PM

Nice. It seems like the bowsaw has not gotten the press that it deserves. Put a wide blade in it and you can do some serious resawing. It was (is) one of Tage Frid’s favorite tools. I myself nowdays prefer a bandsaw, but for the had tool guys, that is just sweet. Maybe you should do a review of it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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#10 posted 05-15-2008 06:06 PM

Nice saw.

I have one of those part-way done, and the project has gotten buried somewhere. I’m using those same plans as well as the pins that toolsforworkingwood sells.

IIrc, their instructions say to use fishing line for the tension cord, which I’ve wondered about. Is the lace you used leather? How is that working?

-- johnjoiner

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#11 posted 05-15-2008 06:17 PM

Thanks for your post johnjoiner.

for pins i used door hinge pins $2 at Home Depot (get some nice brass colored ones), cut the head off and with a sawsall with a metal blade cut the slots, file them smooth and set them in epoxy in the handles.

the leather works, but i need to take the tention of the saw when i do not use it to save the leather strep, i broke one already leaving it tight overnight. so maybe i might have to check out the fish line. the tention on these saws needs to be pretty high to keep the blade straight and for easy cutting.

but this is a saw i will be using a lot, i do not have a bandsaw.

i bought the 12” blades for this saw, but i might make a second saw for the 6” blades they sell at the lumber yards.

i had thought about taking an old bandsaw blade, cutting 12” off, unharden the ends to be able to drill holes and use it for this saw, but did not have the time.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#12 posted 05-15-2008 08:27 PM

Hand made tools are the beginning of a truly handmade project. Nice job, will be scouring the website for some ideas of ‘must have’ tools.

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#13 posted 05-17-2008 04:26 PM

Great job! I want one now. Thanks

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#14 posted 07-13-2008 06:04 PM

A great use of pallet lumber.

Very nice!

You can also use your old bandsaw blades.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 07-14-2008 02:08 PM

Very nice job but I would not use pallet wood on my tools you never know what you can find a hidden nail or staples and the would the cheapest you can find I pick some up for fire wood ,also you are left with a smell in the wood… the way is it all pallet wood or you had to add good wood with it,thanks for posting

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