Lowboy Build #7: Bowsaw done!

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 04-27-2015 10:29 PM 4761 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With time being a commodity in low supply, it has taken me much longer to finish making my bowsaw than I had wanted. None the less, it is finally done.

I started with the kit. I bought the Gramercy bowsaw kit and printed off the plans in 1:1 scale.

Admittedly, I bought the kit quite a while ago and have never gotten around to making it. But I did mill the stock for it right after buying the kit, then I just let it sit there…

After marking everything out I cut the mortises…

Then my camera battery died. I did not want to stop working while the battery charged, so I missed taking pictures for the rest of the build.

I made one big smooth move during this build. When I initially milled the stock, I misread the dimensions and I made the side pieces too narrow by an 1/8. Because of this, I had two options, I could have made the streatched 1/4 longer to make up the difference, or I could glue on a strip of 1/8 on each piece of a secondary wood.

I picked the second option, and glue on a strip of 1/8 cherry. I used rasps, files and my blockplane to do most if the shaping, and a tiny amount of sanding to break the edges.

I used spalted maple to make the toggle and some jute string as the tensioner.

And finally, I had a small piece of cocobolo sitting around that was just big enough for me to be able to turn the two knobs.

And then all done..

Woo hoo!! Now I can use it to help me shape the legs… but alas…. it cuts great, yet has trouble going through 12/4 stock.

There are other ways to do this job, and I am almost done the first leg, but that’s for the next entry.

But at least the bow saw is finally done, and I will try to use it as much as possible going forward.

Thanks for checking in.


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#1 posted 04-27-2015 11:09 PM

Very slick boss! Too bad you wasted all that curly maple on a tool… I know some other tool who used a big chunk of it on a Moxon vice face!!! Can you believe the nerve???

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#2 posted 04-27-2015 11:59 PM

Hey.. I think I know that guy too… next time I see him I will take a picture of the vice and post it here…

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 03:29 AM

Must be a Calgary and area thing to waste curly maple that way

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 12:28 AM

I know nothing about using a bow saw but could you use a courser blade to help get through that 12/4 Stock? It is one nice looking saw.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 10:59 PM

I just finished my bow saw a couple of months ago and I love it. Not sure how I did anything before I had it. Yours looks great.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#6 posted 05-05-2015 05:58 AM

Bow saw looks amazing. I don’t see it as “wasting” curly maple. How I see it when we make a tool, we intend to use that tool for a very long time. I would like my tools to look nice so I can be even more proud of using a tool I made and a beautiful one at that.

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