Frame saws - bow saws. #5: Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping (blog)

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Swans and bones – Frame saw for coping
Parts and Swans

Part three.

Last blog ended with a good tobacco, the hardware, the turn handles and the side handles ready, now it is time to finish the frame.

With the hardware and frame in place, the frame can be completed.
So I place the piece of wood in the middle and am ready to mark up the width, and add length for the tenons.
Since I want the frame sides to end parallel, the saw before tension will have to tilt a little towards the blade end, in this way once the tension is made the sides will be straight (hope this makes sense).

Next step is to cut the tenons, this I do on the table saw even I know I make hand tools… (One I am lazy, two I am retired due to a neck operation so I have a lot of pain in arms and neck, so I have to choose what parts of the work that need my hands).
I start with the faces.

Then the sides.

Get the picture?

Marking width and then tenon.

Then cut the other tenon face.


And with a cutting gauge fit the size.

Finally paring the tenon sides.

Cleaning up the shoulders with a shoulder plane.

This one is Veritas miniature version, really cool tool.

The tenons are made and I can move on to the mortises.
First I mark them up carefully.

Then pre drill a series of holes.

Like this!

Now for some strange reason I go on with the frame…
I have no idea why I did not finish the mortises.
To keep the bone structure, I decide to minimize the frames center piece, just like a human leg bone, since the maximum strength is needed by the joint and the center just need to be able to take the push stress.
So this is marked with a thin ruler that can curve.

Cut off.

And sanded in shape.

After a finish like the rest of the frame, the saw parts are all there.

Finally back!
With a mortise chisel I start cleaning up.

And here my little dovetail chisel made from exato blade is a gem.

With a little patience a mortise is born.

And the fit is perfect.

One more to go.

And the final finish is made.

So many custom made tools for so little work… But the pleasure is even bigger when you made the tools yourself.

Soaking in linseed oil while we wait for the next blog part.

End of part three, part four will come soon and that will be the last.

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.

8 comments so far

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 09-23-2012 12:35 PM

It is so delicate

Great blog


-- 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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Don W

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#2 posted 09-23-2012 12:43 PM

very nice Mads.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-23-2012 01:10 PM

Mads, that is an heirloom tool Great work, my friend!!..............JIm

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

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#4 posted 09-23-2012 02:50 PM

All so well done Mads, and the smaller things are, the more difficult they are to do, and this is a pretty small frame saw.

I can’t help but wonder what you have done with all of your shop tools since you moved. Did you find a place to store them?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Nate Meadows

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#5 posted 09-23-2012 03:50 PM

You are an amazing craftsman Mafe! Keep up the great and beautiful work!

Your Friend,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#6 posted 09-24-2012 05:23 AM

That veritas plane is cute.

Thanks Mads

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 09-24-2012 05:43 AM

Awesome work Mafe! You sure turn out a lot of it ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 02:08 PM

Hi ho,
Topa, productive I am! Yes but acually a lot was done some while ago, I still have quite a few posts and blogs that was never posted… Will come now I have time.
Ian, Nate, Don, Jamie, big smile here thanks to you!
Stefang, all my stuff is packed away these days, a room fuul to the seeling and even more… Hope that I soon will finde space.
Jim, it would be wonderful if my tool eneded like that.
Best thoughts guys,

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

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