A simple frame saw - you can do that!

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Project by mafe posted 09-12-2011 02:20 PM 7125 views 24 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple frame saw.
you can do that!

This is a frame saw I made yesterday.
I needed some shop time to clear my head, and was thinking of our LJ buddy WayneC that said he wanted to build one, so the choice was easy since I already bought the blade some time ago.

The pictures are from my blog where you can see how to build it:

1. The brand new saw being tested, and it works really fine.
2. Besides the blade the saw is made from some scrap wood and two nails. My scrap wood is from a trashed parasol, recycle when it works.
3. The layout before the build.
4. Mortises.
5. Tenons.
6. Here in company with my last frame saw Swans & Bones.

Here the saw is put apart for transportation.

Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 09-12-2011 03:02 PM

Very Cool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 09-12-2011 03:05 PM

Very cool indeed, and you make it look easy! Did you order a specific frame-saw blade, or repurpose an old blade?

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 03:13 PM

I love how those simple projects can clear your head so well. You swans and bones is still my favorite.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 03:28 PM

Mads, congratulations. You’ve made yourself another very nice shop tool and what a collection you must have.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 03:34 PM

This one is on my shot plan, but I want it to have the capacity to resaw (and possibly replace my bandsaw). how long is your blade? do you think this size would work well for resawing (with a resaw blade that is)? or do you feel it’s too small for that?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 03:47 PM

Nice looking frame saw, Mad.

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 04:13 PM

Great job and great tool, brother. Once again you made an impressive transformation – from sun tool (parasol I believe) to hand woodworking tool. No one should throw away any pieces of wood, right? Most can be reused or reinvented as you did. Thanks again for sharing your work and your talent. I’d like to try to make one of these frame saw one day.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#8 posted 09-12-2011 04:19 PM

It looks like a wonderful little saw. Thanks for taking the time to make this and blog the process.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#9 posted 09-12-2011 06:25 PM

Hi Mads, congratulations on this pretty new addition to your shop tool collection.

You have to rethink your toolbox. By this time it should look larger than your shop !!!

Thank you for the blog. Inspiring.

All the Best

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 09-12-2011 06:26 PM

Great saw.

Thanks for the detail blog.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-12-2011 07:28 PM

I so much enjoyed this post. It gave me the push that I need to make a Frame/Bow saw. I was searching on the internet for a place that would show the bending strength of wood and found the following:

It seems that Hickory by far has the best bending strength.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 09-12-2011 07:30 PM

I need to make one and this is the one to make.

-- Martin, Rugby, United Kingdom. Make Tea, Not War.

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#14 posted 09-12-2011 08:09 PM

you shuold have shown your restored hacksaw with it ,
its the same way the blade is atached …. :-)

thank´s for sharing how simple things can be made and yet fullfill the purpose

take care

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 11:46 PM

Ah Mads, your skills on display again on how to bring simplicity to the fore, this is also a very usefull tool most would be able to make now you have demonstrated, : ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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