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Bow saw Made of hard maple

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Project by grovemadman posted 02-08-2021 09:36 PM 692 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quick weekend project made from scraps around the shop. Frame is hard maple left over from my bench build. Cherry for the keeper/tensioner paddle. I used two 1/4” drill bits cut off for the blade pegs and nylon string. The blade is a Nobex from Lee Valley. Nothing real special here, I didn’t spend much time dressing this saw up but it works outstanding! A few hours on Saturday and Sunday and here it is. I do plan on using this saw for future projects. I used hand tools only, no machines!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck





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Eric

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#1 posted 02-09-2021 12:15 AM

Nice little saw. Even better hearing that it works get.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 02-09-2021 01:23 AM

Thanks Eric, it’s pretty easy build I copied from Paul Sellers. I’ve been putting it through the paces today and it works great! You should make one.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 02-09-2021 02:23 AM

Very nice. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Eric

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#4 posted 02-09-2021 02:26 AM

I just have to tackle one some day, if it doesn’t work out well I would at least have something to hang on the wall.

-- Eric, building the dream

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grovemadman

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#5 posted 02-09-2021 02:53 AM

Thanks Swirt. Yeah Eric, I think it will work. Send me a PM if you need a hand. I would recommend watching Paul Sellers frame saw video on youtube. It’s a good chance to practice your hand tool skills.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#6 posted 02-09-2021 03:23 AM

Beautiful tool, love home made tools like this.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 02-09-2021 08:31 PM

The pleasure I get from using my shop made mallet is already so good, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to use a saw you built yourself. Well done, definitely need to add this one to my own build roadmap.

-- www.thewoodfather.com - Here, for learning.

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 02-09-2021 09:02 PM

Looks like it’s pretty fancy to me. The finish is great. What did you use to round over the edges?

-- James E McIntyre

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grovemadman

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#9 posted 02-10-2021 12:15 AM

I used a rasp James. The finish is just some linseed oil and some Howards citrus wax. I ran a bit of sandpaper over it and I didn’t put much effort into that. Hahaha Thanks man!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#10 posted 02-13-2021 04:05 AM

Well done
Bet it feels great to use a hand made tool to build

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grovemadman

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#11 posted 02-15-2021 11:09 PM

Yes Colorado, it is a nice feeling and the saw actually works much better than I expected. I think you should try making one. I made mine from a Paul Sellers video and then shaped it to my liking from there.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#12 posted 02-24-2021 11:45 PM

Nice result. A tool that will last you years

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 03-22-2021 02:46 PM

Nice saw! I want to make similar to use as a buck saw one of these days. :)

-- Tom

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grovemadman

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#14 posted 03-22-2021 10:10 PM



Nice saw! I want to make similar to use as a buck saw one of these days. :)

- Tom

I copied a basic saw from a Paul Sellers video on YouTube. Then I jazzed mine up a bit by using maple scraps and shaping it some. The blade is a Nobex PRM24 for a miter box that I believe I ordered from Lee Valley. It took me an afternoon to make and is certainly well within your skillset. In fact it is a project that every beginning woodworker to make to better understand the tool and how it can be used. I hope to see yours posted by next week! lol

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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