A Refurbished Bow Saw (Moa Saw).

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Project by RusticJohn posted 03-18-2014 04:31 AM 1487 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am in the middle of a bow saw fetish at the moment. Could be worse things to get hot and bothered about I suppose. Actually I have several in all states of disrepair in my shed and I figure they are of no use to anyone until back in working order.

This was the ugliest saw I have ever seen. All the parts were there and in good working order. However the wood was unnecessarily chunky and heavy. The bottom half of the uprights were the same thickness as now and all the rest of the parts were about twice the current size. A real eye-saw.

I re-cut everything on the bandsaw, softened the edges by rounding over and carved the birds heads. They represent the long extinct New Zealand Moa which was like a giant Ostrich. It looks quite acceptable now although one of the handles does not match. It is the original. I took some pains to ensure the saw does not look brand new. My intention was to create the look of a nice old, used and well looked after tool.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 06:21 AM

Beautiful saw, nice flow to it. Nice restoration.

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 10:45 AM

Whoa, really nice saw. Great work on the refurbishing, nice birds heads, must be a pleasure to use.

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 12:51 PM

The saw looks nice and I’d say your changes were indeed improvements. What are the dimensions of this saw?

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 01:38 PM

Very well done.

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 03:01 PM

Nice looking modification John. Is that an original blade on it? What is the size of the blade? Can you readily get bow saw blades there in New Zealand, So far , the only places that I have found that stocks bow saw blades, is the site that I posted to your last thread about bow saws.

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 07:31 PM

The overall dimensions of the saw frame are 360mm by 360mm.

-- RusticJohn

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 07:35 PM

The saw does have the original blade which seems to be a proper bow saw blade. I had to sharpen it. No, I am not able to buy blades here or anywhere else that I know of. I usually make them out of old band saw blades. These have to be modified by sharpening as a cross cut, with a Dremel if hardened teeth, and reducing the set, with a hammer. I find the cut is too fierce if left unaltered.

-- RusticJohn

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#8 posted 03-21-2014 01:38 AM

I thought the difference in handles was only to distinguish it from a left or right handed saw. I am wanting to build a couple bow saws in the very near future, so I hope you don’t mind if I save a picture of yours for reference.

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#9 posted 03-21-2014 06:34 AM

No problem. Post a photo when you have made it so we can all see what it is like.

-- RusticJohn

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