Folding frame saw #1: Antique folding frame / buck saw (and building my own).

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Antique folding frame / buck saw
and building my own.

Intro; Back after new year here, as I said I have a bunch of unposted blogs and projects on my laptop, so here is the first one, most of them are related to green woodworking, hiking, some forging (another part of my woodworking passion these days) and knife making as usual, since this was was started my wood working journey – so it will not all be wood only.

We better start here, to make some understanding. Me in the woods, last year with a foldable frame saw, that I just made for my hammock adventures.

But it all really started, when I visited my friend Flemming at a antique fair in January last year (2018), here I took a wee look around and something caught my eye… It was a beautiful antique foldable carpenters frame saw.
(Buck / bow/ frame – what ever you prefer to call it, in Denmark it’s often called a rammesav, meaning frame saw).

Here it is, the antique frame saw folded up, back in my workshop.
Really happy for the saw and that I got it at a fair price, after a wee hackling with the old lady who sold it. She did not know what it was, but just found it really beautiful.
(I paid 150 DKK / 18 GBP / 23 USD for it).

The brass part with the tensioner, taken of.
(A tenon is missing on the left side, I gave it a new one, out of old wood).

Opening up the side arms.
The cross arm doubles as a blade protector, when closed up.

Now we are getting there.
It almost look like a frame saw.

Look at the details, the tensioner, glides over the top and fits in the notch.
Wonderful mix of craftsmanships.

Tenon in place.

Sawblade are helt with this brass pin.

The saw needed a wee attention, a new tenon, saw blade clean up and a little oil and some of my home made wax.
(The augers in the back are some I made for birch sap collecting).

Here it is, ready for some sawing.

Nice handy carpenters saw, this will be a joy to use, even just to open and close up after use.

Closed up and ready to go.

Back to the inspiration…
This beautiful old saw, inspired me to make my self a foldable saw for my hammock hiking.
So I bought some blades from Bacho and that is where next part of the blog will start.

See you soon, hope you all came well into the new year.

I think the English call it a frame saw and the Americans a buck saw…
Frame saw / rammesav, names and meanings in Danish:

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps just some joy this time.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 01-02-2019 02:47 PM

Wonderful old saw. I love the beautiful color the wood has taken on over the years. Looking forward to seeing the one you create!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Rowe

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#2 posted 01-02-2019 03:18 PM

The old one looks great and I’m sure the new one will be even more interesting!
Happy New Year.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 01-02-2019 03:42 PM

Cool old saw Mafe. Can’t wait to see your version ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 01-02-2019 04:46 PM

That’s a pretty old saw. It’ll be interesting to see yours. I’m still trying to decide what size frame saw I like best, so I have four of them now, and probably a couple more on the way.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#5 posted 01-02-2019 05:04 PM

Great save! I love both the saw and the restoration!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 01-02-2019 05:20 PM

Nice Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 01-02-2019 05:31 PM

Real nice old saw, Mads!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-02-2019 06:05 PM

Hey my friend Happy New Year Buddy and what a wonderful start with this old saw and its restoration… well done buddy !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#9 posted 01-02-2019 11:23 PM

Looks like a COOL saw… easy to setup, use, and take-down…! What could be better?!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Tim Dahn

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#10 posted 01-03-2019 12:12 AM

Hi Mads, Happy New Year. Interesting old saw you have found and with your logo on too! I hope to follow along the build blog.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#11 posted 01-03-2019 12:30 AM

There is magic in those hands of yours my friend.
It’s always a pleasure to open a post of yours to see what you are so generously sharing with us.

Thanks Mads.

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#12 posted 01-03-2019 01:58 AM

Hi Mads, I have been wanting make one for a long time. What kind of wood is the old one made of?
Is it Bøg/beech?

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#13 posted 01-03-2019 04:41 AM

Nice design…
Cool pipe. 1/4 bent billiard?

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#14 posted 01-03-2019 06:53 AM

Beautiful find and restoration. I’m looking forward to seeing your new version of this saw.
Thanks for posting this.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#15 posted 01-03-2019 09:02 PM

Good work as always Mads.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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