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Baby bow saw #3: Wrapping it up

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 12-27-2020 09:37 PM 685 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More shaping Part 3 of Baby bow saw series Part 4: Cleaning up the surfaces »

I got the bow saw completed today. I still want to decorate it, but it’s together and functional now.

First on today’s menu was getting the arms shaped. They don’t really need to be thinner, but making them a little thinner will make the saw more comfortable to use. I used a drawknife to get the other dimension thinned down and smoothed.

With that done, I mixed up some epoxy and glued the pins into the handles.

Then some quick chamfering on the corners of the arms, mostly for comfort, but also to clean up a couple spots of tear-out where the grain wasn’t cooperating with me.

Then a coat of tung oil on the parts I had done.

And I disassembled a paracord boot-lace to get one of the strands of nylon string out of it. That’ll be the cord that tensions my bow-saw. And yes, I’ll need to tie a knot better than a square knot.

Then I cut a toggle out of one of the citrus offcuts left over from turning the handles, and put a groove in it so the strong wouldn’t slip off it.

And I tried a little kolrosing on the side of the toggle. It looked pretty good, but my carving skills still need work.

And that sorta finishes the saw. Everything needs to cure, and I want to decorate the arms and cross-piece, but that’ll be another day.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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MikeB_UK

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#1 posted 12-27-2020 10:21 PM

Nice job Dave, looks awesome.

kolrosing – not a term I’d heard before, looks easier than pyrography and with far less chance to burn the house down :)
Realy need to try that, reckon you could get some cool effects just using the contents of the spice rack.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 12-27-2020 10:36 PM

Mike, there’s an article on kolrosing here and one on color kolrosing here that might give you more ideas. This is my first attempt, but it’s pretty easy, and hardly any danger at all.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Oldtool

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#3 posted 12-27-2020 10:59 PM

Nice build, now you’ve got a handy little saw, and when you are kolrosing the cross member, might I suggest the phrase: “Hand made by Dave Polaschek”.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 12-27-2020 11:26 PM

I already put my name on the back of the toggle, Tom. Not certain what the frame of the saw will get, but that’s a decision for tomorrow after I get another bookcase glued up. I’m not very good at carving letters yet, though. Geometric patterns are more my current speed.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-28-2020 04:35 AM

Looks pretty good, waiting for a how’s it function review:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 12-28-2020 07:49 AM

Looks good from here….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 12-28-2020 12:26 PM

Thanks, Andre, Bandit.

I think I’m going to do some decorating before I put it to use, so the review will probably come with the project post. Plus, with a tung oil finish, it’ll take a few days to cure…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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mafe

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#8 posted 12-29-2020 12:31 AM

Really nice little saw, looked as if it was a joy to build.
May it serve you well.
Best of my thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 12-29-2020 02:35 AM

Thanks, Mads. I took a card scraper to it today and cleaned up the surfaces. It looks nicer now. Plus I started sketching some ideas for how to decorate it.

And built two more book cases. Busy day, but a good day.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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mafe

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#10 posted 12-29-2020 11:27 AM

Sounds like a wonderful day.
Here I’m on my way to the workshop.
Nothing beats the surface made by card scrapers.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 12-29-2020 01:33 PM

Indeed. Soon I’m on my way to the lumber yard to buy the fourth and hopefully final load of pine for bookcases.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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