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Forum topic by kiwi1969 posted 05-19-2009 02:28 PM 902 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2009 02:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: framesaw bowsaw

Thinking of making some framesaws, bowsaws, bucksaws and the like. Has anyone used bandsaw blades for these? Is it possible? Seems like it would mean I could make one frame and just have a variety of blades for ripping, crosscutting and cutting curves. Should save a packet on doing it this way instead of buying multiple saws. Any thoughts.

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#1 posted 05-19-2009 03:43 PM

Yes! I have used a metal shear and an industrial hole punch for the end holes and they work well. I have not tried this with the tools in my home shop.

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#2 posted 05-19-2009 03:56 PM

google up spot annealing. This will help you soften a hardened blade in small areas for drilling/cutting to use them in other projects.

I had a great starrette metal blade that I kinked up on a metal bandsaw and someone turned it into hacksaw blades.

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#3 posted 05-19-2009 04:44 PM

Were can we send some saw blades.

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#4 posted 05-20-2009 02:15 AM

Great, sounds like it,s a go on my next project then. Thanks everyone.

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#5 posted 05-20-2009 06:43 PM

Nice topic
I have seen replacement blades for Ulmia and E.C.E frame~Bow saws at Ebay germany…..they are cheap
Dieter Schmid also carries replacement blades.

The blade is not a problem. The interesting part to think about is the bronze fitting that catches the blade, crosses the arm and plugs the handle

I would like to start with this project soon.

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