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    SUCESS! Bowsaw Mark II

    Hi gang,
    I just finished the construction of my 12" Graymercy Bowsaw kit. My first go around was,....not good. Let's face it, it was catastrophic!

    But I learned a lot about the importance of grain orientation, not to deviate from the plan drastically, and to go a little lighter when shaping critical areas on the arms!

    This time around I paid closer attention to the orientation of the grain. The arms are flat sawn and the cross piece is quarter sawn. I also attempted to rive/split out the blanks from a huge chunk of dried out hickory. That didn't work out so well. That hickory was HARD! I ended up just matching the grain direction to the profile on the template and bandsawing out the piece.

    One thing I learned on this project was how COOL card scrapers are. I always knew they were great on flat stock but a well sharpened scraper will remove rasp marks on a curved section and leave you a super smooth finish! So I spent a lot less time sanding (which is always a plus for me).

    Anyway, here it is. As you can see the knobs and toggle are coccobolo, and the cross piece and arms are hickory. I plan to sign it (somewhere) and apply shellac to the components later.





    Also, you can see parts for another bowsaw in the background. Well, because of the failure I had with my Bowsaw Mark I, I made two of everything this time! I plan to order another Graymercy kit and use these "spare" parts to make a bowsaw for my friend who is helping me rebuild my lawn tractor.
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    That is so very cool, and so nicely done.
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    Very nice, Dominic. What sorts of things would a person typically use a saw like that for? Is it used similar to a coping saw?
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    Man Dominic, that is sweet

    I'm thinking you will be finding excuses just to use that saw, I'm sure it will put a big smile on your face each time you pick it up
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    Removing waste from dovetails

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Very nice, Dominic. What sorts of things would a person typically use a saw like that for? Is it used similar to a coping saw?
    Thanks Vaughn!

    I originally built this saw to take the place of a junky Cobalt coping saw. I wanted to use it to remove waste from dovetails prior to parring done to the cut line with a chisel. However, now that I've built one I can see myself building MORE bow saws. These things are just so NICE to use! I wouldn't mind building a cross cut version (ala Frank Klaus).
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Thanks!

    Stuart and Rennie,
    Thanks for the compliments!

    And Stuart, right after I finished it I was looking for stuff to cut. I must have spent 30 minutes just playing around with this thing! It sure is fun to use!
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Well done and super neat project.

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    Real nice Dominic. I have the same bow saw and like it a lot.

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    Bowsaw with finish applied

    I gave the bowsaw a couple coats of garnet shellac and then signed the cross piece using a pyrography (wood burning) pen. After that I gave it a coat of Renaissance Wax.

    After assembling it I couldn't resist taking it for a bit of a ride. I cut that complex "squiggle" with very little effort. Gotta' love that thin blade!

    Anyway, here it is:
    See ya around,
    Dominic

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    Very nice Dom, I've often thought about building some bow saws of differant sizes. Maybe with you inspiration I'll do it. When I get time.

    Vaughn, the bow saw was the work hourse of funiture maker way back when. I've read articles about the larger ones being used for resawing and cutting vereer.
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