Christmas is for giving ... hand made tools

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Project by Woodfix posted 12-26-2014 01:32 PM 2046 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made six of these Bow Saws/Turning Saws to give as Christmas Gifts. Actually 5 as gifts, 1 for me. Have given away 3 so far, 1 is slated for my neighbour Rob (who turned the knobs) and 1 more for who knows. All recipients have been suitably impressed.

They are made from some off cuts of Blackwood salvaged from a kitchen cabinet maker. An interesting timber that has a wide range of colour variations. Great for this sort of thing as it is strong but works very well and finishes well too. (Doesn’t turn exceptionally well according to Rob). Because of the colour range, matching the pieces for a consistent colour on all the components was next to impossible when using off cuts. So either make from one piece of stock or don’t worry about it (like me). I ended up with one saw that was colour matched across all the components. I will try to add some photos of that one soon (I am still finishing it off).

Great project. Simple joinery that provides you with a useful tool or a very decorative piece to display. I used my new 12” bandsaw to shape the uprights, then my Lie Nielsen Boggs Spoke Shave to shape the components. The sharp curves were shaped with a carving knife and the tension toggles were made using the Lie Nielsen doweling plate from the same timber. A lot of sanding to fair out the curves. Sanded to 240 (it is a tool after all).

Two coats of thinned Linseed Oil and a buff of Bees Wax to finish.

I used an 18tpi hack saw blade and made all the hardware myself. The knobs have a insert screw in them to take the blade keeper hardware.

Merry Christmas and a happy wood working new year.

-- I would rather have the most memories, than the most money.

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#1 posted 12-26-2014 02:08 PM

You have some lucky friends. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 12-26-2014 02:23 PM

Very nice indeed.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 12-26-2014 07:57 PM

Beautiful work.
Lucky friends.
Merry Christmas,

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

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#4 posted 01-01-2015 07:21 PM

Real nice saws!!

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

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#5 posted 01-02-2015 07:24 AM

Nice, What are yo using for blades

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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