Folding frame / buck saw - hiking version. (post).

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Folding frame / buck saw
hiking version

Inspired from this antique folding frame saw I bought, I decided to build my own version for hiking use.
Went for a fixed blade and string for the tensioning, so I could keep the weight down.
It has become a loved companion on my hammock hikes now, a pleasure to use it and a joy for the eye.

The post is from the blog:

1. The folding frame saw.
2. The build.
3. Folded up antique and new..
4. Ready to bring it out on a hike.
5. Saw in action on a hike.
6. Where it belongs.

Hope it can give you a reason to go hiking.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-06-2019 07:48 PM

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
... and you are so good at joy!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 01-06-2019 08:03 PM

Wow! I love it Mads. I bet that tears through wood. The leather handles and holder is a nice touch too and your tenons look great. If you don’t already know it, you should learn to tie a double fisherman's knot for the string on bowsaws. It is a knot used in climbing and tightens under tension so can’t come undone no matter how much you pull on it. You can confidently cut the loose ends withing 5mm of the knot. It is best to practice it on some thicker rope to see how it works.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-06-2019 08:24 PM

Great set up, start to finish. Very handy to have on any trip. A job well done.

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

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#4 posted 01-06-2019 08:25 PM

Just beautiful Mads.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#5 posted 01-06-2019 09:23 PM

Perfect! I love the utility of this idea. Well done Mads.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 01-06-2019 10:57 PM

You have just provided the inspiration (and instructions) for making a Christmas tree saw. It will be faster and more fun to use than the saws provided by the farms. Cheers, Mads

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#7 posted 01-07-2019 12:32 AM

Wow. Really nice saw.. I love your last picture!

-- AJ

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#8 posted 01-07-2019 01:47 PM

Very nice build and handy in the woods.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#9 posted 01-08-2019 11:38 AM

You make such great things MADS your love for your work shows in every piece. Blessings to you my friend!

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#10 posted 01-08-2019 07:56 PM

Well done saw

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 01-10-2019 12:49 PM

Hi there,
NormG, thanks.
tdv, big smile, I admit I love making things, happy it shows in the things I make, thanks.
bondogaposis, it is my hike companion now.
AJ1104, to share nature with friends is doubble the joy.
Marcial, that’s a cool idea, cutting down Christmas trees with style. ;-)
Jerry, less is more, foldable less is practical. :-D
madts, big smile madts.
Brit, it’s a lovely blade Bacho make, they make different types, so it’s possible to bring different types. Thank you for the knot update, I’ll do that. Honestly I have learned and forgotten, happens more and more now, age I suppose… :-D I’ll print it and hang it close to the frame saws, in the workshop.
shipwright, smiles Paul, I agree, a joy to use and to look at, are doubble the joy. Thanks.
Thank you for the comments.
Best thoughts,

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

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#12 posted 01-10-2019 06:47 PM

I love it! I’ve got to have one. Love your workspace and the wood heater in the shop. Great stuff right there. Something about quaint spaces that liberate the soul. Love your style Mafe

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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#13 posted 01-31-2019 12:48 AM

Mafe, thanks for this gorgeous project, and for the story that comes with every project.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#14 posted 02-10-2019 11:34 AM

Chris, thank you. <3 I see my shop as my sacred place, as my room of active meditation and then as a workshop. For me, my mind and work flow freely in a space were my soul feels calm and at rest, where things have a place and both work and energy can flow freely. (Does it make sense?).
PaBull, thank you back, big smile here.
Best thoughts with a smile,

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

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#15 posted 02-10-2019 02:54 PM

Yes it does make COMPLETE sense Mafe….my shop is my sacred space also. I know exactly where you are coming from brother. I can be under a ton of stress and walk in my shop and after a short while, I’m in another world…one where all things are grand and stress free. Liberating and renewing to say the least. I honestly don’t know what I’d do without a workshop in my life.

-- Chris Harrell - custom callmaker "Quacky Calls" Eastern NC.

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