Frame saws - bow saws. #4: Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping (blog)

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Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping
Parts and Swans

Part two.

Last blog ended where the swans and bones handles were finished, now I will move on to the home made hardware.

Found this interesting link it might give some thoughts.

A standard brass screw app two inch long.
The head is cut off.

The end rounded, this can be done by hand, but yes I am lazy…

Ok, back to the hacksaw, cut down the middle.

Then half way down on the side.

We have a blade holder.

Get the picture.

A pair and we have a saw.

OK. I will make one more version, just for fun.
This time I will use threaded rod, brass.
Cut of a piece that are long enough to go through the handle and long enough to hold the blade in one side and go into the turn handle on the upper side. (Confused look at later picture

Mark what part that goes into the turn handle.

Put the rod into a lathe or a drill and turn while you file of the thread.

I will leave a little just because I think it looks wonderful.

Shiny and wonderful.

Cut down the middle.
(Guess you know by now).

Like before we want a holder for the blade.

Like so!

Get it?

Back to the frame.
Marking for the hole where the rod will go through, same diameter as the rod.

Drill first with a smaller drill.

Then drill the final hole.


We got the hardware ready here.

Time to fish!
Ok, no fishing this is just my push stick, what you should look at here are the small pieces of wood on the saw.
This is the wood for the turn handles.

Back to the lathe.

First round.

Then shape a fine little handle.

Nice pair I think.

Linseed oil.



Fine polish.


Another turn with linseed oil.
This is my often used tool finish.

Drill a hole for the rod into the handle.
This time I make the hole a little smaller.

Then I thread the wood.

Mixing epoxy.

Fill it into the handle and then screw the rod end of the blade holder into the handle.

Leave to dry and perhaps smoke a wonderful pipe of tobacco.

End of part two, part three will come soon.

Wiki bow saw: press here
The swans nest by Hans Christian Andersen: press here
Song by Swan lee: press here
Us parts: press here

Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows even some frame saws.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 09-22-2012 01:25 PM

I love the way you work and design, Mads!

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

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 01:27 PM

Do I see a mouse trap in the last picture?

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 01:49 PM

Thats terrific for getting those blades and handles together! Great stuff Mads, thank you!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#4 posted 09-22-2012 02:00 PM

Genius. At first I thought epoxy?... Then remembered it is a bow saw, not a regular coping saw. Well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 02:11 PM

This is going to be a beautiful saw. There is something about bow saws which I find especially lovely. Perhaps it is the tension; perhaps it is the balance; I don’t know.

Is anyone besides me finding it amusing that you are using all of this power equipment to make the ultimate hand tool? And how are you going to have patience to use your bow saw, if you are as lazy as you claim to be?

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 09-22-2012 02:43 PM

Great Blog, my friend!! You must keep your camera in the shop, too. That is a slick way to make blade holders. do you angle that side cut back to keep the blade from slipping out. I was thinking that a tube slid over that thread would also do that. I wished I used hand toosl as much as you do because there is an art to it. I use mostly power tools because I like to move through a project quickly.

Mads, I was thinking of you last week when I had to make a walnut plaque for a customer. It was and unruly board and too wide for my jointer so I had to get out my hand plane and flatten it to be able to run it through the planer. I felt like Mads pushing chips right off the bench. I am far from you skill though.

Have a great weekend, ............Jim

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

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#7 posted 09-22-2012 03:29 PM

Excellent blog Mads. I like the way you did the blade holders and well, the whole thing actually. Inspiring, useful and artistic all at the same time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 09-22-2012 04:50 PM

Great blog

Amazing that you did the hardware

from standard components.

Good to see you back on a roll :)

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 09-23-2012 12:10 AM

Just wonderful. Nice all the way around.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#10 posted 09-23-2012 01:53 AM

Very nice work Mads. Brought back memories seeing Araldite.

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

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#11 posted 09-23-2012 04:33 AM

Thanks for the extra details Mads.

Today I was at the home center to get some paint for my fence.
I looked at the coping saw blades and they only had some around 7”
I guess I will have to order online.

The link is interesting. I need to get my korean friend to tanslate.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-23-2012 12:59 PM

Hi ho!
Lew, ;-)
Thomas, yes and a mouse trap on wheels…
jjw, in many ways…
Philip, yes I wantet to be sure it could take the tension, perhaps I am to careful.
Kay, yes I also find these saws extremely beautiful, I think it is the thin blade that are so strong when in tension, just like in stressed concrete constructions.
For the powertools… Yes I agree in a way, but there are several reasons, the first is my health – you can read about this here and for that reason I have to use my arms where it is the most use, I tend to go by the principal of if I know how to do it by hand and the result will not be different I use a machine. Second I am lazy… Third I am impatient. Hope it all makes sence.

My latest buy, yes I like frame saws… Got them all for the price of less than one new.
Jim, I can just imagine you with a handplane, sounds just wonderful, like one of those moments we keep in the heart, would have loved to be there and share a beer after.
Yes I angle the cut a little for the holder in this way the tension beeks the blade from running out.
Mike, smiles here.
Jamie, I love that, to use standard components and make new things.
Roger, ;-)
Madts, I can imagine that.
Ian, this one is a 6,5 inch blade. If you get the link translated let me know please.
Thank you all for all the wonderful words, I am a lucky man to know you all.
Best thoughts to all of you,

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

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#13 posted 09-24-2012 01:08 PM

Nice saw.

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#14 posted 09-26-2012 02:02 PM

Thanks CJ.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 04-02-2016 08:25 PM

Very COOL & helpful thread!

Thank you very much!

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

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