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Bow saw

Postby Mike G » 08 Jan 2019, 21:43

I just made myself a bow saw/ frame saw (someone will soon tell me what I've actually made! :) ). I've wanted one for a while, because I've found it an almighty faff to change blades in the bandsaw just to cut a curve or two. By the time I've done that and set everything up again properly, I'd have finished the job with a bow saw. So I pulled a couple of bits of scrap pine out of my scrap bin and made this:

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I have since put the same finish on the knobs as on the rest of the saw. I guess the whole thing took 3 or 4 hours, and was all made up in the workshop. No drawings or anything. I cut up a 6mm bandsaw blade , which is held by a pin through a slot in a bit of 10mm mild steel rod at each end.

The only thing is I am not sure if I have possibly made it a bit too big. It's about 380mm in blade length. How does this compare with what you guys have?
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Re: Bow saw

Postby Malc2098 » 08 Jan 2019, 21:47

That's nice pine. I can never find any that nice.

Oh, and nice job making the saw. :)
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Re: Bow saw

Postby Andyp » 08 Jan 2019, 22:18

To me yours is a bow saw. Which is, as I would expect, much more refined than my frame saw. Your bow saw could not be used like this:-

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Re: Bow saw

Postby Mike G » 08 Jan 2019, 22:21

I'll lend you a hatchet and a hammer, Andy! :)

Yes, I've seen those (and some much bigger). They strike me as being suited to two people sawing together. It's just that my dad called his saw, the same as my saw, a frame saw. Mind you, he was wrong about most things in life......
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Re: Bow saw

Postby RogerS » 08 Jan 2019, 22:25

Chain saw ? :lol:

Seriously though guys..lovely made saws.
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Re: Bow saw

Postby Doug » 09 Jan 2019, 10:19

RogerS wrote:Chain saw ? :lol:


Two bandsaws :shock:

RogerS wrote: Seriously though guys..lovely made saws.


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Re: Bow saw

Postby MJ80 » 09 Jan 2019, 10:37

I've got a couple of old Ulima bow saws with different width blades. The blade length is 580mm on them. I find them pretty good to use being so light.
They are tensioned with threaded metal bar and wing nut, but I think I might change it to a string as it would be easier to wind up especially with the wider blade,
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Re: Bow saw

Postby Andyp » 09 Jan 2019, 10:39

rest assured mine is very rough and ready compared to Mike's masterpiece.

I do now have a rip chain for my chain saw and I do have a heavy maul and a splitting wedge.
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Re: Bow saw

Postby DaveL » 09 Jan 2019, 13:24

I have a Gramercy bow saw, it was a gift some years ago, it has a 12" blade. I don't use it that often but it is very useful for some jobs.Image
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