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This being my first swap, I was unsure of what to make and what my capabilities were in completing something another LJ would appreciate having in their shop. I have to say, this was a fun experience and I learned a bit along the way.

The woods used for both pieces are curly maple and bubinga - oh a a small piece of ebony on the piece used to tension the blade . Both tools are finished with Waterlox Original.

The hardware for the saw is from Gramercy Tools The rest of the components I made in the shop - well for the most part. I tempered the O1 steel for the marking knife on my BBQ in the yard :) The steel for the blade is 1/8" thick. The ferrule for the knife is a brass stem for a shower head that was bored out to size. And the awl is a repurposed drill bit.

A turning saw should be light in hand so I profiled the cross member of the saw to reduce weight while retaining it's rigidity and strength. Most all of this was new for me, from turning the handles on a lathe and shaping the saw body with rasps to shaping and tempering the marking knife blade. I hope they are well received and well used :)

I actually made two saws. The first is made of curly maple and sepele. I fabricated the saw from dimensions supplied by Gramercy Tools, but didn't have any blades or hardware on hand at the time. Well that was somewhat of an error as the saw body was about 1/4" too long to receive the blade. So I had to modify it. That was all well and good as I wanted one for myself anyway ;) But I did want to make one that wasn't modified in any way and made the second after having all the hardware and dimensions on hand.

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Fantastic

Those bow saws cut well and that's a beautiful marking knife.
 

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Those are enviable. The marking knife/awl combo is clever.
 

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Can't wait to build mine. Fantastic job! Seriously both items are amazing. I would have been excited to receive either, top notch for sure.
 

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Exceptional work Bill. You really brought some class to the joint on this swap!
 

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That saw is amazing!
 

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Excellent job done. Looks like you raised the bar a bit.
 

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Thanks everyone. I had a lot of fun participating in the swap. It pushed me to try some new things outside of my comfort zone and to do my best because I didn't want to disappoint my LJ trading partner. ;)
 

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those look so nice
 

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Absolutely amazing Bill, you have really done a great job. I don't know anything about the tool swap, can you fill me in?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

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Jerry, the swap thread is at http://lumberjocks.com/topics/214338 but the first post pretty much explains everything. You really don't need to read all two thousand posts. Unless you're incredibly bored and LIKE nonsense.

Congrats on the top 3, Bill! Put an extra kumquat in your beer to celebrate!
 

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Bill you did a great job on those tools.

For those wanting to make your own turning (or bow) saw you can buy the parts and other woodworking things from TOOLS FOR WORKING WOOD which is located in Brooklyn, NY.

The link for the bow saw parts and kits can be found HERE.
 

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Thanks very much Dave.

Jerry, the swap thread is at http://lumberjocks.com/topics/214338 but the first post pretty much explains everything. You really don t need to read all two thousand posts. Unless you re incredibly bored and LIKE nonsense.

Congrats on the top 3, Bill! Put an extra kumquat in your beer to celebrate!

- Dave Polaschek
 

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Absolutely amazing Bill, you have really done a great job. I don t know anything about the tool swap, can you fill me in?

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Thanks Jerry. I guess Dave filled you in on the details of an LJ swap. I signed up for one prior, but wasn't able to participate due to family matters.

I have to say, it was a lot of fun. I guess knowing what ever you will be making will go to another woodworker, sort of makes it special and a little intimidating lol I didn't want to make something, send it, and then have the recipient wonder, "What was he thinking?"

You know we all see and know our errors and well, so does another woodworker, so it's game on and do your best :) I have no regrets. It was fun and it pushed me a bit to think about what someone may actually like to use in their shop. I recommend it! You would be a great participant.
 

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I was the proud recipient of these amazing specimens which are now the nicest tools in my tiny shop. Honored to have received these and will be considered heirloom to my kids and their kids' kids. Thank you again Bill for your gracious gift
 

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There's nothing like using a beautifully crafted tool! Lucky is the recipient of your work! Well done!
 
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