5 Bowsaws Later


I depart for Germany in a pair weeks to show lessons on
making Roorkhee chairs (piece of pie!) and bowsaws.

Yup. Making bowsaws. You’ve most likely seen my worldwide
treatise on bowsaws: “Bowsaws: An Anthropological View of Three
Sticks and Some Cat Innards.”

No? Effectively that’s as a result of I haven’t written it. I’ve used and
owned many bowsaws and body saws since I began with
Widespread Woodworking in 1996 – we had a giant one powered
by a band noticed blade – however I’d by no means made one from scratch.
Till final week.

My German hosts at Dictum
requested if I might train a weekend class on making a
bowsaw. As I can drill holes, reduce wooden and rasp corners, I stated

However final week I panicked. I didn’t wish to copy one explicit
design (just like the one from Instruments for Working Wooden) and I needed
the noticed to be simple and enjoyable to construct. No wacky blade keepers or
kooky curved stretchers.


So I threw myself into discovering a design that I actually favored and
tried to work out the kinks in development. Now, 5 bowsaws
later, I’m shut.

Because of sawmaker Andrew Lunn, I discovered some curved cheeks that
I actually favored from a classic noticed he loaned me. Because of
Tools for Working
, I obtained some easy that’s simple to put in.
And due to my little offset gauge, the noticed’s body is straightforward
to make.


What’s an offset gauge? It’s a shopmade instrument I’ve had in my equipment
each since I made my first Welsh stick chair. It’s a means of
scribing a line a sure distance away from a curved edge. The
actual magic to the gauge is the truth that you might have two 1/four”
dowels that observe the curvature of your work and preserve your
pencil regular and on one level as you progress the gauge. It’s a
unbelievable means to attract in curved chamfers on a chair or noticed
body or something shapely.

You can also make these marks by eye, however slightly offset gauge
makes the method foolproof. And also you then have crisp (not
obscure) strains to work to along with your rasp.


Tomorrow I’ve to show handles and make a toggle for this noticed.
However now that I’ve the body roughed in (after 5 makes an attempt),
it needs to be no downside.

— Christopher Schwarz

Wish to construct the best bowsaw I’ve ever seen? Try the
article by Willard Anderson on his replica bowsaw within the
November 2011 subject of Widespread Woodworking Journal.
It’s accessible for obtain

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