A bow saw with a twist - what do you think?

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Forum topic by lethentymill posted 03-25-2009 01:33 PM 1175 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2009 01:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand tools bowsaw notches stretcher bar

I bought this bow saw recently and wondered what the notches on the stretcher bar are for? Most features on hand tools are there for a reason; they rarely seem to be just decorative, which is why I’m curious. Images are provided below.

Bow saw 1

Bow saw 2

Bow saw 3

-- Allan Fyfe, Lethenty Mill Furniture,

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#1 posted 03-25-2009 03:49 PM

If there is (or was) a peg at the bottom of the twist lever, I’d say the notches could be to help keep it from slipping.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-25-2009 04:00 PM

Same reason they put a nib on the handsaw.


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#3 posted 03-25-2009 04:08 PM

I agree with Bill, it just makes for great conversations. Great peice for the collection though, I am sure you will enjoy sharing ideas on its purpose.

-- Jeff, Kansas City

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