Bow Saws

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  • #130844
    Christopher
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    Im curious as to how and when you would want to use a Bow saw. I have a Vintage Tyzack & sons 12″ and then yesterday I bought another 12″ Marples, Older type from the David Stanley auction, In advance Im sorry If I outbid someone on the D8 22″ Disston or the #4 Record smoother but I just had to have it so I apologize , not really. lol. Im just teasing. But on the serious side I love older Vintage tools and I just have this weakness that seems to take over and control my ability to reason. So on this bow saw, I’ve seen Paul use one of his but I believe his is larger, The Tyzack and sons is kind of small and when I go to tighten the blade I feel like its going to snap in half so Im have no idea if I’m trying to tighten it too much or not enough. I have new blades I bought from Tools for working wood. I customized the pins in the handles so it looks factory made.
    If I eyeball down the saw in line with the blade I can see that the pin in the front ,”larger Handle” is not seated straight almost like the hole was drilled off some but I think it more of the pin just maybe bent a little.
    What thickness of wood should I max out in. I noticed when I tried to cut in 3/4 QSWO it didn’t want to cut but in 1/2 Sapele is cuts nicely. But I’ve never really experimented with these type saws so I was looking for some help here If I may.
    I wish Paul would build on in his Masterclass site. Thanks for any advise you can provide. Regards
    Chris

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

    #130887
    Christopher
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    Hello Chris, I thought about what you were asking and I think the smaller Bow saws like the ones your mentioning here is for cutting curves in thinner stock though Im not 100% sure. Or maybe I am.
    You can make a larger bow saw and use an old bandsaw blade or even a hacksaw blade Like Paul says in one of his videos. Either will probably work fine. Though I tried to drill a hole through a used band saw blade one time and I couldn’t even get the drill bit to start to cut. I was using a cobalt bit but apparently the Band saw blade is much harder. Maybe someone would read this message will have some advise on what type of drill bit to use that will cut through a band saw blade.
    And If Im wanting to cut through say 8/4 QSWO what tooth configuration would you want to use in conjunction with a hand powered Bow saw that will cut this type of wood without killing yourself in both rip and CC. Thanks for the questions, and keep them coming. Its always fun talking and meeting fellow woodworkers and sharing experiences and ideas. Its a great way to help teach yourself the craft especially if your not fortunate enough to attend one of the many inexpensive woodworking schools. Cheers

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

    #130900
    Jared Reed
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    One thing I wanted to pass along is if you’re not using one already, use a center punch to make an indent for starting the hole in hard metal. I drilled through a Stanley spokeshave blade using just a center punch and a Millers Falls 2A eggbeater drill with a standard Skil drill bit.

    #130927
    Wayne
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    I would love to see a bow saw build as well!

    #130946
    Christopher
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    Yes it would be nice. I just got a spokeshave kit from Veritas today , Its one that Paul talks about in the recent spoke shave sharpening Video so Im looking forward to making me a home made spokeshave. Well almost HomeMade. Thanks for the reply I cant believe more people didn’t want to see him build one and then build one for themselves. There very handy to have. Cheers Chris

    A man who has made a reputation for his goods knows its value as well as its cost and will maintain them. H.D. est 1887

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