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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 09-22-2018 03:14 PM

After a morning of fixing errors and tweaking the fit, I got the shorty bow-saw together. It cuts fine, but as you would expect, the depth of cut can be an issue. But it’s noticeably lighter, and less “floppy” (by which I mean, wanting to take a small wobble on my part and turn it into a big swing of the saw – rotational inertia matters, it turns out), and I suspect I’ll reach for this one first, and go to the more traditionally proportioned saw when I need more depth of cut. Note that this is a 12” long blade.

Time to take it apart and clean things up a bit before getting a coat of oil on it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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