Large Roubo Frame Saw

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Project by Holbs posted 05-28-2018 08:48 PM 5610 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished building my Roubo Frame saw this Memorial Day Monday.
After some past projects, (joinery bench, plantation shutters, etc), I knew I needed a step up from my 14” Taiwanese cloned bandsaw with it’s 1hp for resawing purposes. Was looking at the Laguna 14/12 but something always came up that snatched away the funding. Then I saw Shannon Rogers of Renaissance Woodworker video on rewsawing via Roubo frame saw and I was found a reasonable answer to my resaw possibilities to try. So I ordered the saw frame parts from Blackburn Tools . After a couple months, I received the parts and the massive 4”x48” blade, drilled, not jointed, not sharpened. I used the straightest white oak I could find at my local hardwood supplier. Tried to use all hand tools initially, but was struggling with keeping hand planing level across the 48” stretchers. Ended up going table saw route. Used a rasp for the first time (unknown quality, unknown name brand) to make the grasping handles and some files. I think I’ll order some quality rasps in my future. 4 coats of Shellac sanded to 400 grit. Also, had to order a Bahco 10” regular saw file for 2 1/3 TPI teeth. Jointed, sharpened, set, jointed, resharpened, diamond stones along the set. And a test cut into the same 8/4 white oak. Only took 4-5 strokes to rip down one side a good ways. Starting is problem so had to use regular hand saw to start a kerf (may look into a kerf saw).
Lots of training to do about tracking. All in all, I think I’ll be happy with this as an economical hand tool solution to resawing.

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter "xylokopos/ξυλοκὀπος"

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Ron Aylor

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#1 posted 05-28-2018 10:31 PM

Great job! Kudos.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#2 posted 05-29-2018 12:36 AM

Very nice! Getting started (as well as tracking) do get much easier with practice, too!

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#3 posted 05-29-2018 01:11 PM

This is a nice shop made saw and will be a fine addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 05-29-2018 11:45 PM

Nice saw. As Dan said, it gets easier with practice.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 05-30-2018 01:48 PM

This is on my someday projects list. From what I have read, a kerfing plane makes a huge difference. There are a bunch of examples and plans you can follow for making your own plane.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 01:45 PM

This looks great. I built one out of Ash with that same hardware. It’s a great tool and will definitely move some wood!

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