Grain direction bending strength question for bowsaw project.

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01-23-2013 08:20 PM

I am attempting to build a bowsaw using Gramercy parts. I stopped before laying the templates down. My material is cherry, I would say rift rather than quarter sawn. Although not ideal, it is what I have available for this project. My question is which side of the frame should the stretcher be on for strength? Bark side or core side? Does it matter being rift sawn? Because of material choice, I think this detail needs addressing to avoid a split while tensioning the blade. I cant seem to find or understand the answer to this. I would think that this question would also apply to quater sawn. Bark side or core side? My gut says bark side but brain is interfering. A little clarity would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 08:47 PM

Shouldn’t matter. Just make sure the stretcher is thicker in
the middle and tapered to a thinner section towards
the ends.

I made bow saws out of ash and birch. Both turned out
fine but I like the ash one better.

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 09:28 PM

Ahh, thankyou sir; again for answering my questions. I have power tools from home renovation projects. With the bulk of them finished I felt the need need to continue their use for hobby projects. I found myself working almost backwards in a nostalgic fashion towards the basics of hand tools and techniques. I suspect many of us do this. I find Lj’s an invaluable place to spend time amongst such great and talented humans.

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