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Forum topic by Anapolis7 posted 06-18-2012 05:07 PM 820 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-18-2012 05:07 PM

I am working on a Danish Bow Saw. Being a wood snob, I opted to use a piece of curly maple I had stockpiled to make the frame. In shaping and smoothing, I made the mistake of using a low angle spokeshave and it caused some rather unsightly tearout. While it is a tool I intend to use, I want it to look good too.

At the moment I am leaning towards dying the wood, then using the CA and sawdust method to disguise the flaws. Any thoughts or recommendations? Any good shaping tools to use on this other than sandpaper/rasp and a lot of patience?

Thanks for your help!


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#1 posted 06-18-2012 05:16 PM

Would a card scraper help?


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#2 posted 06-18-2012 05:21 PM

A card scraper certainly works better than the shave; however, when I designed the frame, I designed in ridges to hold a bridle joint for the cross bar and did similar elevations at the handle and string area. Consequently, it’s hard to get into the corners and requires working from several angles.

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#3 posted 06-18-2012 06:30 PM

I’m not sure what you mean by “ridges” A Danish bow saw has two handles which tendon up through holes in the cross bar so you can tighten the string area. The bridle joint is there, as I know it, to keep the string true and tighten it.

In any case, It seems to me that with any spokeshave you have the chance of tearout. When the strength of the crossgrain becomes less than the strength to cut through the crossgrain, you will get tearout. A razor sharp blade will help, but still the problem is always there.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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