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Making a Frame Saw

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Frame Saw

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.

    • Izzy BergerTeam Member on 3 September 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Dave,

      Paul says:
      I think it’s just a question of experimentation until you find the one you want.

      Kind Regards,

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