Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

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Review by Bertha posted 03-17-2011 03:09 PM 6363 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores Click the pictures to enlarge them

About a week ago, a fellow Lumberjock (Loren) directed me to a handmade bowsaw available on Ebay Stores.

I ordered the 14” maple variety for $62.00 including shipping, which I thought was quite reasonable. It arrived well-package, disassembled in a long shipping tube, and came with detailed re-assembly instructions.

I found the unfinished bow to be of excellent craftsmanship and the pieces fit with high tolerance.

It is an absolute pleasure to use and I recommend it highly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#1 posted 03-17-2011 03:45 PM

Thank you for a good review.

I think of a bow saw for cutting off tree branches. Do you use it for other applications? Does it serve any “in the shop” purpose?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 03-17-2011 04:02 PM

I had found these saws on Ebay a few weeks ago and had been thinking about getting one. I’m curious to see what you think about it after you’ve had a chance to use it.

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#3 posted 03-17-2011 04:17 PM

Thank you gentlemen! To Rich, many of the older craftsmen seem to use bowsaws for cutting dovetails. You’re able to pitch the blade & cut angles whilst maintaining a vertical orientation on the saw. I gave it a try last night & it’s definitely will take some getting used to (compared to my Dozuki, at least). To Cessna, I’ll list the blade details below. It looks like a VERY fat Nomex bandsaw blade that’s been cut down & braized. It came in it’s own manufacturer’s packaging. To Derek, I played with it just a bit last night but it seems to cut remarkably well into endgrain. I only made a couple quick passes because I was anxious to get to my nightstand. The cut on the right was my attempt with the blade pitched. These cuts represent about 3 passes. The kerf is quite thin.

Repeated from the author’s posting (all credit to the author, located at the link above):

New Handcrafted 14” Woodworkers Bow/Frame Saw, European Style.


15” Tall and Blade is 14” Long, 18(TPI) teeth per inch Rip blade which is a finer blade than the 9TPI we offer on the 18” Bow/frame saw.
Approx.: weight 2 1/2 Lbs.
Solid Premium Figured Maple frame with Solid Bubinga handles and Solid Bubinga toggle. Blade is easily removed for sharpening.
Blade tension provided by a toggle and sail makers cord.
Blade rotates for proper orientation to work left or right handed.
Handmade and shaped for comfortable use.
Inspired by a nineteenth century antique saw.
Finish is Clear Danish Oil
At one time Saws like this could be found in every woodworkers shop. Today the originals are highly collectible and new Bow Saws are of marginal quality-if you could find one. I have built and used Saws like this in my own shop for many years.

Though this Saw is Ideal for Dovetailing and Light Tennoning, I use this Saw Primarily for cutting Dovetails. It is intended for finer, lighter duty work than our 18” Bow Saw. A few turns of the turnbuckle brings the blade to tension and you’re ready to cut (It is always a good practice to release tension on the blade when finished cutting).

Unplug your shop this is a beautiful tool and wonderful to use!


Due to many requests, in addition to the standard Saw Blade, we can now offer a 3/8” Scroll Blade for an additional $14.99. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, just add an additional $14.99 to your payment at checkout or contact us and we will add it to the invoice for you. We also can offer you a extra 9TPI Blade for this Saw for $17.99 or an additional 18TPI Blade for an additional $19.99. Just let us know or add the price to your invoice. .

Thank you for looking!


Please note: Free Shipping offer is only valid within the United States all others are calculated.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 03-17-2011 04:30 PM

I made a 24” bow saw a couple of years ago and found blades difficult to find. Highland in Atlanta ended up being the best supplier. The blade teeth were stamped and had to be sharpened and set to work well. I use mine for any long stock and keep it in the car. Cuts very smooth.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#5 posted 03-17-2011 07:55 PM

Rich, when I was a kid in France (do not say a long time ago) the bow saw was the only thing we ever used. We also had saws like what you would call western saws but the bow saw was the tool of choice for the real professional.
I might buy one of these one of this days, just for nostalgia

-- Bert

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#6 posted 03-17-2011 08:45 PM

Thanks Bertha, I believe that I will order one of those. I had one years (more years than I care to remember) ago with a scroll blade on it and it was just learning how to be of use to me when it up and grew legs and wandered off never to be seen again.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#7 posted 03-17-2011 11:48 PM

Do they have any other types of blades available for this saw. I have seen these types of saws used for everything from crosscutting a board to length, some resaw operations, but with a narrow blade, you can also do pretty effective scrolling work with this type of saw.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 03-18-2011 08:24 AM

Beautiful saw. I have never seeing anyone in person or video use one to cut curves on furniture. Yes, I am very curious about that and wonder if any of the hand-tools-ony or -mostly guys have posted videos, etc on the web.

Looks like another tool to add to the wishlist.

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#9 posted 03-18-2011 01:48 PM

As I wrote above, not so long ago about 50 years (I know that for some of you this is longer than you have been alive) these kind of saws where the saws of choice for the real craftsman in France. They came in all kind of size ( some huge to rip long and wide boards) and with all kind of blades according the the work to be performed.
We had “scies a chantourner” which came with a very thin/narrow blades (between 1/8 and 1/4 wide) to cut contours.
We would generally turn the blade 90 degrees to the frame, so that the blade would be vertical and the frame horizontal which would allow the width of the board to cut to be “unlimited” on one side of the blade.These saw with these blades where used as we would use a band or a scroll saw, then we had other saw with very wide a coarse blades to rip and everything in between

-- Bert

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#10 posted 03-18-2011 01:54 PM

Thank you, Bert! Those are several uses I had not considered.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 03-18-2011 02:43 PM

Looking for more pictures of saws, I found this picture which is not directly related with our discussion but i had sawmill in France very similar to this one (and after all the saw itself is a very large bow saw).
This one is powered by a horse which was the case with mine but then the horse was replaced by a steam engine. When I got mine the steam engine was fortunately gone and I then installed an electric motor.
This saw was slow but the quality if the cut was excellent.
My father , with out my agreement sold it.!
I am still mad at him for that 30 years later!

-- Bert

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#12 posted 03-18-2011 10:12 PM

Bert : I wuold have been mad too if that happend to me

frame saws was also the saw of choise by a woodworker/carpenter here in Denmark too
I think ore or less all over europe I think England was more to panelsaws before the rest of us :-)
i have three different at the moment one with a 1/8 blade 60cm long ; one with 1½ inch blade 60cm long fine rip and the last is 2inch and 70 cm long with crosscut teeth for cutting firewood I think , all in the mittle
of a restoring
today its possiple to get blades with universal cut teeth made in Japane lserhardend teeth
so they are use and throw away like cheap panel saws that is sold all over

the best thing about a frame saw is that it it is easy to pack down and can use different blades
so if you are a traveling carpenter or just moving to a new maste/location nothing much to bring with you

beside that if you krack a bandsaw blade they can bee recycled to be used in a framesaw :-)

take care

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#13 posted 03-19-2011 05:58 AM

I’m glad you got you one Al. I’m going to a carving guild meeting tomorrow and have been sitting on my funds to see what I can find. But I will get one. Very helpful review. Thanks!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 03-19-2011 01:22 PM

Thanks to all above. I appreciate the history and use of the saw a bit more now. Dennis is right that they pack down very small. When it arrived, I was trying to figure out what I possibly could have ordered that would arrive in a shipping tube! I hope to report back later after I’ve had some time with the saw.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 03-19-2011 01:44 PM

I´m looking forward to hear about that Bertha :-)


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