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Posted on Ideal length of bow saw cheeks (arms)?

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#1 posted 09-17-2018 02:26 AM

Probably can shorten it but likely need to make some other changes. I would believe it would start to behave different in regards to blade tension as you started to change the length of the arms and fulcrum point. Might have to twist it a few more times or less times to get to same tension. Might need to change thickness or width of the arms to compensate. As you start to do this sort of stuff the saw may become less balanced in use.

As they mention you will also have a decrease in cut depth but may not be an issue depending on how you are using the saw. Easy enough to whip out a few different arms to test and might find out a set up that you find more comfortable using.

I built mine several years ago and liked it but really haven’t used it too much after the initial honeymoon period.

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