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I have recently returned to woodworking and I find myself working backwards from power tools back to the basics of hand tools and their techniques. I’ve had enough of using makeshift workbenches and needed to design a proper bench. In my design I have several long sweeping curves within it’s profile. Not having a bandsaw and wanting to do it by hand I came across TFWW’s plans for this classic design. It is made of cherry left over from my daughter’s rocking horse. I mainly stuck to hand tools such as copingsaw, bench chisels, combination rasp and my new favorite the Shinto rasp saw. I came up with a new twist for the toggle, a hand carved mini padauk paring slick! I used 30 lb braided fishing line for the tensioner. I bought the pins, handles and three blades from TFWW. I also made another blade from a bandsaw blade. Although I had to remove the set from the teeth as it was too much for this small frame to handle it rips nicely. This was a great project and I can’t wait to start on my bench with my new hand made tool. Thank you for lookin.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#1 posted 02-13-2013 11:06 PM

That is an exquisite saw! I’ve been looking at Woodjoy tools but after seeing this think maybe I’ll try to copy yours.
You should be proud.
Kevin Costa

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 02-13-2013 11:47 PM

Great useful project.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 12:59 AM

I got to use one of those at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School ( I found it to be a bit cumbersome for doing fine work. But I guess it’s just a matter of getting used to it before you can master the tool. It’s a beautiful saw and I think I’ll get around to making one myself one day.

Like you, I’m going in reverse…..power tools to hand tools.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 02:42 AM

Nothing like working with beautiful tools, especially if you made it yourself! Congrats.

-- Fergie in CO

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 04:23 AM

super. one day i have to make one

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 10:53 AM

beautifully crafted. I made one 25 yrs ago. It works, but not as pretty as yours. Good luck with the bench

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 09:28 PM

beautyfull bow :-)
like the chisel flipper
congrats with the new toy :-)


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#8 posted 02-14-2013 10:16 PM

Thanks for yet another project to go on the “I should try that” list.
Found the plans at

I had no idea what TFWW was but a quick Google search got me headed in the right direction.

Thanks again. Great looking saw.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 12:38 PM

You made a really nice job of that. Thanks for sharing it.

-- 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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#10 posted 02-18-2013 05:51 AM

Thank you for the likes. UPDATE.. I have been learning how to use it lately and it feels better cutting pull stroke for turning and ripping. I do have a couple bugs to work on. The biggest is the handle will spin in the frame while cutting so keeping blade alignment an issue. One handle is a tighter fit than the other but it will still rock on the pins. I tried coating the pins with lacquer to build up the diameter but it just chipped off, maybe I’ll try poly or something that will adhere to the brass better. To do it over I would each hole a 32nd offcenter from both sides.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#11 posted 02-18-2013 06:56 AM

Or I would get the tapered pins I found available from The taper does not allow the pins to rotate in the frame. I seem to remember him building his saw with Roy on an episode of the woodrights shop. Also a two piece toggle that would allow for half tension turns would be nice too.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#12 posted 02-18-2013 07:43 AM

I’ve made three so far but yours is way wore beautiful than mine. You did a very nice job!! My handles spin also. The tapered pins are EXPENSIVE. Wish there was another way.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#13 posted 02-18-2013 11:19 PM

often things like that can be solved with a little crued way
but often used in the pass by toolmakers/users either you shim
with a piece of paper or with a piece of sandpaper

hope it can help you :-)


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#14 posted 04-02-2013 08:56 PM

Very nice bowsaw.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 04-02-2013 09:57 PM

Great work on a beautiful saw, woodcox. Tage Frid’s books and articles sold me on the bowsaw years ago. It takes a bit of adjustment to get used to it, but they’re very nice to use once you do. I’ve got a large one with a wide tooth blade, but I’ve been thinking a couple more with different blades would be nice.

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