Folding frame saw #3: Folding frame / buck saw - hiking version part III.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-06-2019 06:20 PM 1926 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Folding frame / buck saw
hiking version part III.

Last part of the blog, ended here, with the basic saw made.
In this part, we will make the hardware and some leather details.

To hold the blade, I threaded the wood, with a tap, so it can hold a bolt.
(The blade can be held in many ways, I’ll show an alternative later).

I cut a drive in the center of brass threaded rod, with a hack saw.
Just a mm or so.

Try to hold the saw straight and hit the center.

Cutting the piece of to length.
It have to match the thickness of the handle.

The ends are rounded off.
(This can be done by mounting them in a drill and then spin it against a file or sand paper).

Now I will modify the blade a little, so it can pivot into the saw.
(This can be chosen not to be done, but then the end of the handle need to be opened all the way through and the blade end will stick ot of the saw once it’s closed).

It takes only a second to round it on the disc sander, so I think it is worth the effort.
(You will have to do this again if you change blade).

Since the rabbet is wider than the blade, a washer on each side is needed to stabilize it.
(Wider because of the tooth set).

Now the small brass bolts can be screwed in.

I think it was worth the effort, the alternative, with wing nuts and bolts, would have been less elegant and get in the way.

Net up is the leather work.
Some of you know, that I like my tools to be crisp, so I did not want to round the handles, but wanted a good and comfortable grip, this was solved by making a leather grip.
A little higher than my hand and the diameter are found, by wrapping it around and 1 cm extra are added on each side, for a woven joint.

Marking a line down the side.
(Not cutting).

Stitching Wheel are run down the marking and holes are cut in every second dot.
The hole needs to be a wee bigger than the distance between two dots.

The leather are then thinned down.

On the other side, you do the same, but this time you start offset, so that you make the holes end in the middle between the other ends holes.
(Watch the rest of this and you will understand).


Cut from center of circle and ou, with a sharp knife.

Now you can fold the two together.
Clever yes! :-D

To strengthen even more, I glued with contact cement.

And banged my mark into the leather.

Yes and branded also on the saw. :-D

To keep the cord from slipping of, the two handles are laid back to back, and a hole is drilled down between them, so half the hole will be on each side.

Finally we have a finished saw.
I have to say I am more than pleased, a happy monkey I am.

Back side.


Also made a belt holder.
This flaps over and hold the parts together.

Belt loop on the back.

Sewn together.


Like this it can mang by the waist, while on a hike.

Here it is – the saw folded up and ready for adventures.

Side view.

A few weeks after…
Out on a hammock hang, with some friends.

The saw has proven to do it’s job perfectly.
It has made plenty of firewood for our camp fires and are both super fast cutting and comfortable to use.
So ever since I build it, it has been with me on every tour.

I will end the blog here, with my friend Claus and I by the camp fire on one of our hikes.

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 even to make one and go hiking…

Best thoughts,


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

7 comments so far

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#1 posted 01-06-2019 06:45 PM

Ingenious method of fastening that leather hand grip, Mads!

Looks like the saw works flawlessly.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-06-2019 06:53 PM

Again, a very good looking saw. Thank you for taking us from along on the journey from functional to beautiful!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-06-2019 07:14 PM

enjoy your abilities to fine woodwork
terrific saw, may I suggest hollow handle turn-screw wit extra screws
I would lose one on first outing

health prevents much shop time but I still do what I can


-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#4 posted 01-06-2019 08:44 PM

Well done Mads, and a nice clear explanation.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 01-06-2019 10:06 PM

The usual attention to detail and shape. The oak, steel, leather conmination looks great

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 01-07-2019 12:45 AM

Superb Project!

The way you handled that Handle was Great!! Way to go!

Did you glue the handle shut? If so, what kind of glue did you use?

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

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#7 posted 01-09-2019 07:57 PM

Meget flot Mads.


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

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