(Workbench) Chevalet #2: Saw bow

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Blog entry by Dutchy posted 11-04-2015 09:10 PM 1361 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Saw clamps Part 2 of (Workbench) Chevalet series Part 3: Gliding system »

I started building a chevalet. I want to thank Paul (aka shipwright) and Mike for their help. Downloaded the Sketch up drawing made by Paul.

Below pictures of making the saw bow.

Thanks for watching


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#1 posted 11-05-2015 03:59 AM

Nice looking saw frame.
Interesting adjustment setup with the aluminium strips. I’m not sure I know what they do. The rear blade clamp must be free to slide to tighten the blade and the front one is held rigidly by the knob handle.

I’m sure you know any you’re doing and it will work just fine.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 11-05-2015 08:04 AM

I don,t know if the alu strips are a good idea. The reason I did it is that wood can erode. The inside alu strip is fix. The outside one is adjustable. The saw clamps both can slide!! But always with the smallest gab as possible, to prevent tilting.


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#3 posted 11-06-2015 11:39 AM

Your saw frame looks very well made and strong Jan. It looks to me like the grub screws are holding aluminum liners that reinforce the clamp holes. Not a bad idea as you can correct their alignment if necessary.

I forgot to drill the holes for my clamps before I glued up my saw frame and that made it difficult to drill straight and parallel holes for my clamps to run in. I plan to use some liners similar to yours (as suggested by Paul) to correct the problem. Even though my saw cuts seem very good, I feel improving the alignment will make the cutting action a bit smoother.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 12:22 AM

Hi Duchy – I’m a new boy to the chevalat. Like the bench mounted idea – I have a similar problem with space. Regarding your saw frame, can you tell me how much it weighs with its blade clamps, knob, and bits and pieces fitted. Looks like your is made of pin , the one I have borrowed at the moment is made of Jarrah. It weighs 3.5lbs around 1590 gms.

-- Madburg WA

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 07:18 AM

Hello Madburg.

Thanks for your respond. I made the chevalet to do other things then marquaterie. The chevalet was working well but not for small and end parts. You can’t clamp them. Also my wood was to thick for the saw (intarsia). This made me deside to demolish the chevalet. So I’m sorry to tell you I don’t know the frame weight. The only thing I can tell is that the wood was ash and the weigh ot the blade clamps (M10 rod) and knobs is 250 gram.


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