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Project by GnarlyErik posted 09-01-2013 03:11 AM 3368 views 24 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Redneck Resaw

This is my ‘Redneck Resaw’ rig. I sometimes need stock wider than my bandsaw can produce by resawing for things like intarsia work, I came up with this rig. It is a sort of bow saw, except the blade is set at 90 degrees to the frame. Using it is a little labor intensive, but it gets the job done. Besides, I seldom need more than two of three feet in length, so this works for me just fine.

The frame is oak, as light as possible while still keeping the needed strength, with notched end joints. A regular 30” bow saw blade is utilized, bolted on one end to a toggle fitted to a notch in the end member (note – this toggle should be fitted before the frame is assembled). The other end utilizes a U-bolt/toggle combination which enables the blade to be tightened as much as you wish within the frame limits. The U-bolt passes through a metal doubler backing up the end member on its end. Both toggles have slits keeping the saw blade properly aligned. The detailed photos show how this is done.

It an even longer saw is needed, a modified band saw blade (2-3 TPI or less) could be used. The 30” length if fine for most uses since I seldom require anything wider than 20” wide. Properly used, this will produce wide, thin stock down to about 1/8” thick, depending on the material, which can then be planed or sanded to the desired finish thickness.

In use, the stock is first prepared by planing one side flat, then running a kerf on each edge of the stock on the table saw, at or near the desired thickness. Then, the stock is clamped end up, at about a 15 degree angle in the bench vise and the real work begins. The redneck resaw is carefully introduced into the upper kerf and the cut begun, making sure the keep the blade aligned with the lower kerf until the blade reaches it. After that, it is just a matter of sweat effort (‘Norwegian steam’ in boat parlance) with the saw kerfs keeping the blade positioned – under a watchful eye. I have found it is sometimes necessary to use long, thin wedges to keep the kerfs opened up because of the clamping pressure, particularly near the end of the cut. See sketch:

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 03:25 AM

MMM, neat idea.

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 05:04 AM

Elegant solution Erik.
I like it.

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#3 posted 09-01-2013 05:25 AM

That is cool! Love the idea and design. Great job

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 11:49 AM

Ingenious, great idea and work, thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 12:23 PM

Good idea using the TS to make kerf lines to follow.

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#6 posted 09-01-2013 05:48 PM

You reinvented the Roubo frame saw from at least the 1700s, which isn’t a knock at all. It was a good idea then and it still has uses now, such as cutting wider stock than you have equipment for. Kerfing with the table saw should definitely make for less work, as most of us these days aren’t up for that much hard labor. Good idea. A box saw blade is a crosscut pattern (or at least combination) so it would perform better with a rip blade, but it’s cool that works. Bow saw blades are easy to get and cheap. I definitely want to build one of these.

More similar links:
http://www.renaissancewoodworker.com/rww-151-roubo-resaw-frame-saw-in-action/
http://schoolofwood.com/node/59

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#7 posted 09-01-2013 06:42 PM

Hi Tim. Thanks for your comment:

I have heard it said, “There’s nothing really new under the Sun”, and have found this often to be true in the case of hand tools. This saw definitely would be better with a wider, more robust blade, like an old-fashioned tree faller’s two-man cross-cut saw. But, not having that, I used what I could quickly lay my hands on.

My frame resaw idea comes from the old-fashioned pit saw, most of which did not have a frame, though some did. The frameless ones had handles at right angles to the blade. All were guided to a line or batten on each side of the stock, which was usually adzed off to a flat on top and bottom. There’s a legend about those pit saw men; The guy underneath in the pit (apparently called the ‘box man’) was usually the junior man of course, and had to deal with being covered by falling sawdust all day. If the senior guy on top (called the ‘tiller man’) would not do pit duty, or gave the guy underneath too much lip, the junior guy might sometimes be inclined to climb up and take an ax to the guy on top. I’ve heard it was not all that uncommon in the old days for the tiller man on a pit saw to die that way.

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#8 posted 09-01-2013 07:55 PM

Great project—love that phrase “Norwegian steam ”!

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#9 posted 09-01-2013 10:59 PM

Beautifully made saw and very useful for those large pieces. If I’m not mistaken, the top and bottom pit sawyers in England where called the ‘top dog’ and the ‘underdog’ respectively.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-01-2013 11:37 PM

I’d heard tiller man before because the top guy does the steering to keep the saw on the line, but not sure I’ve heard box man before. I suppose different areas had different terms. I’ve also not seen a frame pit saw like that, very interesting. I like your U-bolt hardware on this a lot too, Erik. It’s a much cheaper way to go.

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#11 posted 09-01-2013 11:57 PM

Thanks for your comment Stefang -

I don’t know if the English terms for pit sawyers were ”’Top Dog’ and ‘Underdog’ or not:
http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/25925

There seems to be some discussion on that, but I sure do like the notion! The hardware for holding a log in place for sawing are called ‘dogs’, so it sure seems reasonable.

Cheers,
Erik

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#12 posted 11-20-2013 03:13 PM

Erik, I wanted to thank you for this post. I had seen it some time ago and filed the knowledge away. I had opportunity to use the technique (with the table saw and a hand saw) to resaw a piece of Brazilian Cherry. It worked great. Glad I found the post again to thank you! It is being added to my favorites. Love this website!!

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 11-21-2013 01:15 AM

Glad you liked my post Candy. There are lot’s of great ideas to be found on the Lumberjocks site. There seems to be a good mix of amateur and professional wood workers posting to the site. I have made a living working with wood my entire working life, and I learn something new each time I visit the site.

If you can’t find good ideas and tips here, I don’t where you can! Good luck with your endeavors.

Cheers,
Erik

-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!

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#14 posted 11-21-2013 01:19 AM

Double posted – deleted!

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