A bow saw project #3: Am I running out of projects?

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Blog entry by Texasgaloot posted 09-17-2008 03:05 PM 12361 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As of my last blog entry, I had received the hardware from Gramercy Tools, and I’m very satisfied with the quality of materials and service. The shorter blade necessitated a shorter stretcher, which I whipped out in a couple of hours from a scrap piece of cherry. Like many of my shop projects, the finished saw looks different from what I had visualized at the start of the project.

Completed bow saw

The pins that catch the blade simply epoxy into the handles, which are pre-drilled to the proper diameter. Once I completed the new stretcher (I kept the old one in deference to my Scottish heritage) and epoxied the handles, it was a simple matter of cutting and tapering the windlass stick. A couple of coats of Watco all the way around, a blob of packaging string my wife had on hand (I know, bottom-feeder,) and Bob’s your uncle. The saw cuts more sweetly than any coping saw I’ve used, and has a lot more inertia besides.

Completed bow saw

So, now that I’m down to only two major projects (See Moby Plank and Treadle Lathe under this blog) I’m afraid that my MPD isn’t being satiated. I wonder what’s next?

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#1 posted 09-17-2008 03:11 PM

This is a nice looking saw. I’ve thought about making one of these, but I don’t know if I would ever use it. Stuck on my Japanese saws. Guess I could just hang it on the wall. Thanks for the post.

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Alex Lane

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#2 posted 09-17-2008 03:17 PM

Great Work. Maybe I’ll try this one day!!

-- Alex...builder of wooden wings for vintage sport biplanes...I'm your wingman :)

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#3 posted 09-17-2008 03:32 PM

Nice work. Once you have all those hand made tools, you might want to think about making something for the house ;)

Tim, How do you cut curves with a Japanese saw?

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

-- Scott - Chico California

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 09-17-2008 04:07 PM

Hi Tex;

Nice work here. The color choices, or should I say wood choices, are really nice.

You could make one of these with carved handles. I started one a while back, but never finished it.

As Tim mentioned, I too like the Japanese saws, but I did make a bow saw, without the carving, and it is hanging on the wall. I use it every once in a while.

I have a lot of some day projects to finish.

Nice post.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Mike Lingenfelter

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#5 posted 09-17-2008 04:58 PM

Nice bow saw! Running out of projects? I think the world will run out of wood before I run out projects :).

For handmade tool projects, I’m working on a panel gauge right now. Dorje and I were both working on the project, but both had a bad reaction to the Rosewood. I think we might need to find a different type of wood to use, so that we can finish up the project.

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#6 posted 09-17-2008 06:07 PM

Very carefully, Scott. Actually, I didn’t even notice the flavor of blade in this saw. Usually I see guys cutting dovetails with these. Now that opens up a whole new prospect, as long as I can turn the blade around and cut on the pull stroke.

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#7 posted 09-17-2008 06:38 PM

Very nice job. I’ve been thinking about this project when I get my shop finished.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#8 posted 09-17-2008 06:44 PM

Nice work

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 09-18-2008 04:12 AM

That’s a beaut, Tex. I can see you banging out doves like Frank Klausz with that. There’s a video out there were he swings one of those around like it grew out of his arm. Here's the link, from Popular Woodworking.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#10 posted 09-18-2008 05:18 PM

I appreciate your vote of confidence, Douglas… I need a trick blade like he has, and about three lifetimes of experience. And that Germanic accent… I sort of feel like I’m watching some Old Testament-type holy ritual which will only happen once in our lifetime so we should be glad we saw it when I watch “The Klaus.” I feel a blog coming on…

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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