Large Frame Saw

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Project by handy_andy posted 08-28-2017 04:00 AM 1849 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I build a frame saw using the 48”x4” kit from Blackburn Tools. The frame is made from a chunk of storm-fell maple. I left the bridle joints on the frame unglued, the tension in the blade will hold it together. The handles and stretchers are still rough because I wanted to make a few test cuts first. I wish I had left myself more room for the handles.
I’ve been using a circular saw to make a guide kerf. If I cut a guide kerf on both sides of the log the saw follows easily. I’ve make six full width poplar logs so far and I’m very happy with the saw.

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 08-28-2017 12:09 PM

Gotta be a labor of love to use one of those, but also quite satisfying I’m sure. What would you have done different with the handles?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 08-28-2017 12:28 PM

I only ended up with 4” of handle on each end, which puts the knuckles on my thumbs up against the bridle joints. Next time I’d leave >6” for handles and put a smoother transition between the round handle shape and the rectangular joints. I put the handles at a 15 degree angle but it feels a bit steep. Next time I’d try <10 degrees or maybe turn it on a lathe like this one

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#3 posted 08-28-2017 01:27 PM

That’s a serious looking frame saw. You can use that for a body builder. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 08-28-2017 01:55 PM

This is a large bow saw and it’s a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 08-29-2017 09:29 AM

I built the Bad Axe frame saw kit and went almost straight (0°︎) with the handles. You can see them in my project photos. if you’re curious. I’m going to round them off a bit more, but after over a month of use, I don’t want to change the angle at all, just make them a little less beefy (I left them chunky so I could change the angle if I thought I needed to).

A 30” saw plate is about as long as I think I would want to use in my setup. I’m still stepping in and back with each stroke of the saw. Not sure how a 48” saw plate would work, but now I’m curious…

Have to get a better handle on my workholding first though. I need to finish the twin-screw vise on my bench so I can hold bigger pieces for resawing. Good to see I’m not the only one crazy enough to try this!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-30-2017 10:26 PM

I wish I had seen this 2 weeks ago! I was thinking of making one for a 10 ft board I needed to cut, but I wound up going to a sawmill that used a woodwizer and I lost more wood than I wanted! It looks great!

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