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    I just finished making a frame saw out of walnut. I’m very happy with how it came out. The curved shoulders on the tenons were the most difficult part.

    • This topic was modified 6 years ago by steveh.

    Hmm, where is my picture??


    I can see it – looks good ?


    That is one beautiful wood working tool.

    How did you finish the walnut?
    What blade did you you and how has it worked out for you?

    Did I mention that it is one beautiful saw?

    If you have trouble finding storage for it, make large picture frame over the dining room table and keep it there.


    Very nice. I have a walnut chunk I am about to cut up. Perhaps I should consider cutting some pieces to fit a frame saw… truly love walnut.

    One problem though…
    The tensioning rope, it’s not dirty. Get to usin’ that lovely piece!


    Thanks @jeffpolaski and @antilegion

    The walnut is finished with boiled linseed oil and shellac. I used a Millwaukee 10/14 TPI portaband blade that I got from the big box store. I think that this is the same blade that Paul had mentioned on his blog.


    Ohmygosh, everything is falling together. Well, BOL and shellac, here I come.
    The last time I used shellac was, maybe, not quite 60 years ago when my father came into a small chest of drawers. He sprayed a blue textured paint on it and said, that’s the color we have so from now on blue is you color. Then he put a large board along the length, with enough space for a small chair and told me to shellac it tomorrow, and I would have a desk.
    On the morrow, and the morrow and the morrow, I shellacked it. Three, maybe four coats before lunchtime. I think I beat 3M to inventing yellow sticky notes, because every piece of paper that spent more than two or three minutes on that super-shellacked desk/board for the next ten years stuck to it quite well, thank you.
    A little moderation this time, and at my age, I’ll rest between coats.


    I finished my saw a couple of weeks ago and it has been hanging over the workbench. That is until last night when my hacksaw blade broke and I didn’t have a spare in the shop. I thought, wait a minute, I am using a metal cutting blade in the new frame saw! I took it down and finished cutting the 1/4″ mild steel plate I am using for a infill plane body I am making. It cut the steel just like butter. I upped the tension one more turn and that made all the difference. I know this is a wood working site but I am making a wood working tool so I get to play with steel too. 🙂

    Matt McGrane

    Missed this one when you first posted it, Steve. Great saw!! Love the walnut.

    And nice one to you, too, uumikew.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016:


    thanks, it is unfinished maple from a tree in the back yard that shed some limbs last year.


    Here is my frame saw. It uses a 22 in., 18 TPI replacement blade for a miter box saw, Lee Valley part number 01H03.02. That’s nearly 400 teeth on target with each stroke, so it cuts acceptably fast despite the small teeth. Plus it is quiet and there is almost no tear-out.

    I made the pins from 1/2″ steel rod (brass would have been preferable). I tapered one end, threaded the other and added a lock nut, and drilled the split end for #8 machine screws.

    The handles are laminated from disks of “torrified” maple (“torrefaction” means “roasting’ in French – it is heated to 200° in a kiln). Holes in the disks accommodate the pin and nut. I chucked the rod with the epoxied disks into a drill press, and used that as a lathe.

    As all the end grain is visible, the maple displays a very attractive chatoyance. “Chatoyance” comes from the French for cat’s eye “oeil de chat” and refers to the luster or shimmer that some wood exhibits, especially when highly polished and treated with finishing oils.

    The arms and whorl of this saw are a mystery wood repurposed from an Ikea shipping pallet and treated with golden oak stain. Oddly enough, they also exhibit chatoyance. A Chinese-made scraper (yellow tool in photo) was helpful in forming the arms. Notice that it is similar to the chair devils that were a subject of one of Paul’s videos.


    The stretcher is a shaved-down hickory axe handle. The carving is work in progress, an image from Shawn Cipa’s book, “Carving Gargoyles, Grotesques, and Other Creatures of Myth.” ISBN 978-1-56532-329-4. Obviously I’m no great talent, but you’ve got to start somewhere.


    The saw blade pivots to any angle. I’ll probably make another one, using a 1/4″ bandsaw blade, to exploit this feature.


    Nice work on the frame saw. It should last many decades, if not longer. I probably will also use the Nobex blades when I get to the frame saw part of my project list. That company should be around for a while and they have a good range of blades to keep my options open.
    I’m also very curious to know if you’ve done any of the carvings in the Shawn Cipa book. Would love to see results. I have a block of butternut cut to size for the Grotesque, and will use the “Tools for Working Wood” scrolling frame saw to cut the first shaping for that carving.

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