Baby bow saw #4: Cleaning up the surfaces

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 12-29-2020 02:56 AM 516 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I decided I didn’t like the little spots of tear-out and places where the grain left me with a rippled surface, so I spent an hour today going after the pieces of the saw with a card scraper.

I also cleaned up the shoulder on one of the tenons on the cross-piece. That makes the arms of the saw sit more in-line with each other so the saw blade won’t be stressed more than it needs to be.

The citrus looks a nice yellow with the tung oil on it, but I’ve decided the frame of this saw is going to get decorated because it really looks nice with the coffee colored lines on the yellow, so I started sketching ideas. Have a few, but nothing I’m willing to commit to the surface of the wood yet. Built a couple bookcases, and I’m out of pine 1×6s now, so I phoned the lumber yard to get more, which I’ll pick up in the morning, then unload, and then I’ll start finishing the three built cases that are sitting in my shop. Probably be Wednesday before I even get back to sketching design ideas for this.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 12-29-2020 04:55 AM

Now you have it looking as good as a store bought one. Its very nice work Dave. This one will be around for a long time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-29-2020 06:32 AM

Come on! I wanna see a test cut? Almost ready to discard my Knew saw and order the Gramercy kit:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 12-29-2020 10:36 AM

Looking pretty nice now.
Card scrapers, they do magic don’t they. Who’d a thunk it, simple piece of sheet steel, easily created tiny burr and next thing you know – super smooth surface. Beats sanding any day.
Now for the test run.

-- "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 12-29-2020 01:30 PM

Thanks, Dave!

Andre, I’ll try to fiddle with it today. Personally, I’ve ordered eight sets of pins from them. Two are in my turning saws (one with a coarse 12” blade, and one with a medium 12” blade), one got built into a saw i sent to someone else, and there’s this one. Plus four on hand for future projects.

I can tension the blade a couple octaves tighter than I can with the metal-frame coping saw, which I’m pretty sure means I can set up for cutting on the push (which I prefer) and never have to worry about dropping a blade, like I frequently do with the metal frame. And on my two 12” turning saws, they never turn unless I want them to. So that’s the two main things I’d be after from the Knew Concepts. But I don’t already have one, so…

Thanks, Tom! Plus working with a card scraper is more relaxing to me than sanding. I think it’s because the motion is all in one direction, rather than back and forth like with a sanding block.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-29-2020 03:17 PM

I THINK you found your project for the swap coming up i am sure any guy or girl would love that baby in their collection GREAT JOB :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 12-29-2020 05:21 PM

We’ll see, Tony. Thanks!

This might just be the tool I need to make the item for the next swap. ;-) It’s a surprise, you know.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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