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07-27-2012, 10:44 PM
After seeing the bow-saws for sale at the hardware store, I decided to build my own. The hardware store ones were disposable pieces of crap and made in either Mexico or China. My total project time was about 4 hours. Here’s the materials…wood and hardware. I purchased the swag tool, used and returned it, so total cost was $25. I could have bought 2 China saws, but I’m real happy with my build results.



Here’s my basic lay out. I cut the cross member to about the same size as the blade….


I used a jig saw to cut my cross pole ends and router to cut out my mortis holes to match. The fit was tight…


Next, I drilled in my eye holes and cut and swaged my tensioner in…



Lastly, I used a cut off disc to make a slot in the wood for my hardware store bought 24” Blade. I drilled the holes and bolted the blade in for the finish…




It’s my first bow-saw, and I don’t really know what I’m doing. I saw a picture of a bow saw on line and built it off my memory of that. I wish I would have built it out of a stronger wood than pine, but that’s what they sell at the hardware store. I’m sure there’s a more efficient way of doing it, and I’d love to hear about that. Anyhow, mine’s rock solid and I’m real proud of the results. Can’t wait to try it out tomorrow. I’ll fine tune it with some custom carving, stain and weather seal down the road. I’m sure my grandkid will be using it someday.

07-28-2012, 04:00 PM
I finished it today. Carved it down a bit to give it more of an antique, “hand-hewn” look. Then I coated it with spar-urethane and called it good…

07-28-2012, 04:12 PM
It actually looks a lot like the one I used as a kid. My grandfather made it out of Oak. He was a carpenter by second trade (farmer by first). By the time I used it, it was over 100 years old and still going, although it'd been modified several times over the years for different blades. Good job :-)

07-28-2012, 04:34 PM
And all the big wood processing tools out to play with their new friend...


07-28-2012, 04:55 PM
Awesome! Very nice job!

Matt In Oklahoma
07-28-2012, 05:19 PM
Excellent job Will!

07-28-2012, 11:36 PM
It looks like all the pieces are in the right place. Nice job! Let us know how it works out.

07-29-2012, 02:16 PM
Well, here’s how far I made it before the log I was sawing rolled off its support and snapped my blade in half. I’m really not that impressed with the thickness or quality of the blades offered in the hardware store, but there’s not much I can do about it other than buying a whole bunch of spares…



07-29-2012, 06:43 PM
very nice job