Making a Frame Saw

Making the Frame Saw 3

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Frame saws are low-cost, highly effective saws that can be used for a variety of tasks according to blade type. Paul keeps them around the shop for use in different aspects of his work, including dovetails and all other joinery. Follow along with the videos below to make your own.


The length of the stretcher will depend on the length of the blade.

Uprights27/8” x 1 3/4” x 16”22 x 44 x 406mm
Stretcher (length will vary)17/8” x 1 3/4” x 17 1/2”22 x 44 x 445mm
Hand guard17/8″ x 1 3/4″ x 8″22 x 44 x 203mm
Toggle bar11/2” x 7/8” x 12”13 x 22 x 305mm


  1. joeg on 7 November 2017 at 8:05 pm

    What size blade is required for the 17 1/2” stretcher in this video

  2. Carl Peterson on 22 December 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Very useful tool, great instructional video as all of your videos are. Thank you Paul and associates for sharing. Always nice to watch and learn from real craftsmen.
    Merry Christmas and best wishes for a peaceful and productive New Year

  3. Dave Brown on 29 August 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Any suggestions on where to look for a similar blade (with considerable depth)? I can easily get/modify a bandsaw blade for the thinner blade, but the deeper blade is more like what I want.

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Joseph Potterf on 25 November 2019 at 11:09 am

    I have started making this project from scrap maple stair treads. I want to use this saw to cut a bench slab from an Arizona cypress log. So it begins. Thanks

  5. Bill Wang on 14 January 2020 at 12:09 am

    Hey Paul, I was wondering why the backsaw replaced the frame saw for joinery work. Thanks.

    • Izzy Berger on 16 January 2020 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Bill,

      Paul says:

      It didn’t replace it on the continent of Europe for instance, they continue to use frame saws even through to modern times. The back saw was an English invention, copied by other countries including Scotland and America. Here in the UK frame saws were often for turning work to create curves, and though we did have frame saws, the tenon saw was favoured by at least 2 centuries of furniture makers.

      Kind Regards,

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