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Project by Oldtool posted 01-06-2021 12:20 AM 550 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking to do something constructive – covid cabin fever – and inspired by fellow LJ Dave Polaschek’s blog on his Coping Saw, I tried my hand at making a Bowsaw with the materials I had on hand.
Using pine cutoffs, jute rope, two bolts, a broken bandsaw blade, and a coat hanger, I cobbled together the saw in photo one.
The frame of pine was shaped with spoke shave and chisel, the blade cut from a 3 TPI broken bandsaw resaw blade, the bolts as holders were slit with hacksaw & drilled for pins, and the pins cut from a wire coat hanger.
Not much else to say, except that a 3 TPI blade is not feasible in a hand saw, can’t get it started, it grabs and tears out grain.
Useless unless I find a blade to fit, but it was nice exercise in hand tool work, and killed some covid downtime.

Thanks for viewing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 01-06-2021 12:28 AM

You know, what appears to be a futile attempt is in reality one heck of a learning experience. Congrats on seeing it thru and work or not, a good looking example of hand tool use

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 01-06-2021 12:29 AM

That covid càbin fever is catching everyone, and the tool making is a neat project. Yes some of these are going to be copied from someone.

I started a fourm last week about tool making to see if any of the LumberJocks would be interested in a bit of a challenging project.

Great build by the way. And glad to know that the band saw blades don’t work to well.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 01-06-2021 12:50 AM

maybe not a success but a great learning project that you can use to make the one that does.looking forward too that.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-06-2021 02:11 AM

Yup! that’s what I found out, luckily the 21” blades from Lee Valley fit but are still to coarse for anything but fire wood. Next saw will start with the blade:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#5 posted 01-06-2021 03:04 AM



Yup! that s what I found out, luckily the 21” blades from Lee Valley fit but are still to coarse for anything but fire wood. Next saw will start with the blade:)

- Andre


thats a good idea,find the blade you like and make the saw too fit.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 01-06-2021 03:07 AM

Band saw blades tend to have too aggressive a hook for use in bow saws. You can file the teeth back in less than 30 minutes I reckon but even then the set may be too much. My first bow saw sued a butcher saw blade refiled for ripping.

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#7 posted 01-06-2021 03:34 AM

Nice! You may need to find a new piece of blade for it, but it looks like a darned good saw. Before I moved, I had a busted bandsaw blade – 3/8” – 14 or so tpi with no hook… would’ve worked well for fine work, I bet.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 01-06-2021 12:11 PM

I made one of these last year sometime. I wanted a rip saw so that I could maximize the wood I got from a 7’ diameter tree that stood in front of our local art center.
Unfortunately the bow saw blade wasn’t meant for ripping and like yours, it didn’t work so well. I’ve never posted a picture, so perhaps I should, and perhaps get advice on a good blade.

I liked seeing the way you fastened the blade on. Interesting…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#9 posted 01-06-2021 03:09 PM

What a cool project dude. It rocks !

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#10 posted 01-07-2021 02:22 AM

I like the very ingenious use of bolts. Great idea!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#11 posted 01-14-2021 05:20 PM

Even the kit from Gramercy (which I’ve made 2 of) is more difficult to cut with than I expected. I’ve tried all three blades they have and part of the issue I have is that the handles rotate a bit too freely. I started to do something similar to what you were doing with bolts with a brass hollow bolt, but never found a blade I liked for the project. I considered a broken bandsaw but didn’t have a fine enough TPI. Have you seen Frank Klausz use his? THAT’S what I want to make… Yours looks awesome. I think I have the Gramercy ones posted in my projects list if you want to see the commercial version (toolforworkingwood.com).

Todd

-- Todd

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#12 posted 01-14-2021 07:26 PM



Even the kit from Gramercy (which I’ve made 2 of) is more difficult to cut with than I expected. I’ve tried all three blades they have and part of the issue I have is that the handles rotate a bit too freely. I started to do something similar to what you were doing with bolts with a brass hollow bolt, but never found a blade I liked for the project. I considered a broken bandsaw but didn’t have a fine enough TPI. Have you seen Frank Klausz use his? THAT’S what I want to make… Yours looks awesome. I think I have the Gramercy ones posted in my projects list if you want to see the commercial version (toolforworkingwood.com).

Todd

- Chiaroscuro


I added leather washers to stop the handles rotating too easily.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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