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Coping Bowsaw #1: Getting started - Handles

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Blog entry by MikeB_UK posted 01-07-2021 11:17 AM 402 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Spurred on by Dave’s coping saw and shamelessly nicking some ideas from Mads I decided to have a go myself, cheers for the advice and suggestions guys.

I jotted these notes down as I made it so everything is in the order I did it.
Hand tools only and with no plan and very little clue as usual.

Feel free to comment/criticise.

Grabbed some branches that are about the right size, birch for the frame and apple for the handles.

Shape the apple into slightly tapered octogens, just used a plane to square the stock then bevel into octogons, should be enough left to make the toggle later.

Coping saw blade, bit of brass plate and rod should be all the hardware needed.

Drill holes for the rod & test fit.

Make some notches in the rod so the epoxy has something to grab onto.

Epoxy on the plate and rod and leave it to set.

Trim the plate to match the handle shape.

Roughly round the ends over.

And that’ll do for the handles for now. I’ll need to add the cuts for the coping saw blade later when I know the length they should be. I might need to reshape the handles slightly later if I need more grip but they should be OK.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.



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#1 posted 01-07-2021 12:03 PM

Glad I could inspire you, Mike! The brass plate… well, I’ve never used something like that. Be interesting to see how it works out.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 01-07-2021 12:40 PM



Glad I could inspire you, Mike! The brass plate… well, I’ve never used something like that. Be interesting to see how it works out.

- Dave Polaschek


Slippy as hell, not one of my brighter ideas :)

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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