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Build Your Own Classic Frame Saws Video Download



Classic Tools Made by Hand (Yours!) Follow toolmaker Isaac Smith as he shows the steps for building two classic frame saws. The Roubo saw can be used for cutting shop-made veneers and sawing larger boards – and appeals to dedicated hand-tool woodworkers. The smaller frame saw is used for joinery, cross-cutting and different types of rip cuts.

You’ll learn:

  • To shape, round over and chamfer the saw pieces using primarily hand tools
  • How to use gauges to lay out tenons
  • The technique for making bridal joints
  • How to string and tension the saw with a whorl and toggle
  • The steps to assemble both saws and the proper techniques for using them

And much more! Both saws will be welcome and practical additions to your shop.

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About the Host:

When his two children were born, Isaac Smith took a leave from his structural engineering job. While on leave, he became so engrossed in toolmaking that he forgot to report back to work. His new company, Blackburn Tools, is located in a small shop in Chester County, PA, a region with a rich woodworking history, and focuses on producing hand tools and parts that respect and draw on this heritage.

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