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Project by ericspaw posted 12-01-2008 03:37 AM 2320 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently decided I needed a smaller bowsaw. I already have a big one so I had a go on a 12” bowsaw. The frame is made of cherry from my sister. These were suppose to be drawer fronts for her kitchen drawers, but the contactor drilled them wrong or something, so they landed on my doorstep. I also turned the handles from walnut. The blade and blade mounts as well as the plans were from a place called Tools for Woodworking out of New York. I just need to add a finish and it’ll be ready to go.

As you can see I over tightened the saw with tragic results. It seems a little string and some twisting goes a long way. Luckily nothing shot out when the wood split.

I used a bandsaw to rip the wood to size. A scrollsaw and sander was also used. The mortice and tenon on the brace was hand cut and the blanks were roughed dimensioned with a plane. The handles were turned on a lathe.

-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 04:20 AM

Very ingenious. I love the concept. This should be a project in Shop 101.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 09:07 AM

Nice, and functional too!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 10:58 AM

great job thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 12-03-2008 07:31 PM

Always wanted to make me one, cause you never know when you might need a Bow Saw, especially if you don’t have a Coping Saw to help with Handmade Dovetails.

Good work.


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