Hand tool made by hand

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Project by Holzarbeiterin posted 09-23-2015 06:24 PM 3451 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this little bow saw a while back from parts I ordered from Tools For Working Wood. The parts are really great quality and the PDF drawings for the wooden parts were really helpful and informative. Initially I made it because I had a nice little piece of tiger maple and it was just big enough for the saw. I thought it might make a fun weekend project. I also knew it would fun master a tool that I had seen in books but never used. I wouldn’t say this is one of my top five tools I grab for in the shop but it comes in handy from time to time and I’m glad I have it. I originally thought it would be awkward to use but it has perfect balance and feels great in my hands. I turned the handles on a lathe but otherwise it was built entirely with hand tools. I’m not sure what wood the handles are made of. I knew I was going to dye the three main parts of the saw and I wanted something that wouldn’t distract from the beauty of the maple. I decided to go with the turquoise dye because I wanted it to be different. My thought was…everyone has a brown saw, I want to be different! I think I succeeded, I also used the same color for a matching mallet. They really stand out on my tool wall. :-)

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#1 posted 09-23-2015 06:28 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 09-23-2015 07:11 PM

beautiful, and I would redo the handles and turn them from tiger maple and finish it the same.
it’s just a sore point like it is.

Love the color, the workmanship (sans handles)..

nice job.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 09-23-2015 07:11 PM

Well done. Love the turquoise dye on the curly maple!

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#4 posted 09-24-2015 12:52 AM

Great color. Good to see you back.

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#5 posted 09-24-2015 01:12 AM

Beautiful color! Enjoy your saw.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 09-24-2015 01:17 AM

I love the saw, and agree with Jeff’s suggestions re: the handles. Make ‘em blue, own it! Love the creativity, AND the look of blue tiger maple.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 09-24-2015 04:18 AM

The lumberjocks have spoken and I shall comply!! :-). I will l turn some new tiger maple handles. Anyone know where I can get tiger maple in Germany? I made that little saw before I moved. I’m having a hard tome finding a good wood supplier.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#8 posted 09-24-2015 05:40 AM

Excellent project. Color looks great on maple. I would never have thought 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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#9 posted 09-24-2015 11:51 AM

good looking product!

...where I can get tiger maple in Germany? I made that little saw before I moved. I m having a hard tome finding a good wood supplier.

- Holzarbeiterin

Hi Linda,

very impressive work and what a nice looking product!
Did you try a search at dealers for woodturning-blanks?

Best regards from Willingen!


-- Uwe from Germany.

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#10 posted 09-24-2015 12:20 PM

Just gorgeous! Excellent choice on color for the maple – a very unique tool for for shop. Well done.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#11 posted 09-24-2015 04:53 PM

I almost thought it is metal. But looking closely It is a beautiful MAPLE!!!!!

-- shuja

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#12 posted 09-25-2015 02:13 PM

A traditional saw and I remember it well from my uncles shop but the colour and tiger maple make it a special one of a kind and very personal .
Well done and should be a joy to use and have .


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 09-26-2015 09:59 PM

I keep meaning to make one of these. You made a fantastic job of yours. Well done!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 09-27-2015 10:29 AM

Nice work!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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