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Forum topic by Chuck posted 06-02-2010 03:12 AM 1446 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2010 03:12 AM

A few days ago, somewhere on this site, was a guy who made a handsaw for the sole purpose of re-sawing. I think its called a frame saw. Anyway, I thought that thing was so cool and I have a desperate need for re-sawing, but don’t have the money nor space for a bandsaw, and don’t have the skills for making my own frame saw (while this guy gave instructions for making his saw, I’d bet my left leg its a whole lot harder than it looks). So, anyone know where you can buy one of these things?

-- Chuck, Washington D.C.

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 03:16 AM

How about checking out e bay

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 03:59 AM

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 04:30 AM

The table saw can be a very usefull resaw tool if you have one.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 04:54 AM

Every once in a while I see them (the re-saw variety, not the turning variety that Highland sells) come up on ebay, but not too often. More often than not they are mislabeled. Most of the ones still in use are shop-made rather than mass produced. I’m not sure anyone is currently making them (not any of the large manufacturers anyway).

I’ve been looking for one for a while. They seem to take almost as much work to find, as they do to make ;)

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 05:44 AM

I’ve heard of some woodworkers taking an existing frame saw and replacing the blade with a section of resaw bandsaw blade, such as a leftover short of Laguna’s Resaw King or Lenox Tri Master. I’ve also heard of a tool called the bow saw, but I’m sure that this is not the same thing.

A frame saw with a resaw blade is probably what you want, and the cost should end up being far less than that of a bandsaw capable of moderate resawing work. The Highland frame saw here looks like a decent deal compared to their other models.

You’ll still have a bit of work ahead of you to find a suitable section of extra resaw blade (check with folks here, and at WoodNet or SMC), and once you’ve done that, it might take a little bit of work to cut it to length and put holes in each end for the holding pins…

If this sounds like too much of a hassle, maybe see if any fellow LumberJocks in your area would be willing to let you come to their shop and use their bandsaw for a couple of hours.

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 05:07 PM

Just to connect these two threads here is the frame saw that Chuck is referring to

The term “frame saw” gets confusing because it is used to describe both a ripping variety where the blade is between two stretchers,
ripping frame saw
and the turning or bow variety where there is only one stretcher and the blade is offset on one side with a tensioner on the other.
turning saw

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 06:18 PM

Well, thanks for posting that.. I had never even seen one of those.
And Tim’s video is amazing. Thanks.


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#8 posted 06-02-2010 11:20 PM

Here’s a way to resaw veneer, you could do it for thicker work pieces. Thanks, Roy Underhill!

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