New axe project

I was keen to test out my new axe so I decided to make a “bucksaw”.  My first task was to split a piece of Ash in half


Then I carved the two halves into the required dimensions


and cut the pieces to length beginning with the two uprights


and then a horizontal piece


I used a mortise and tenon joint to join them together, which I have to say was not easy with a knife!


I cut a groove across the bottom of each upright


into which the saw blade fits


I twisted up some Hemp as a tensioning cord and with a piece of Ash this works as a windlass to tension the blade


On another piece of Ash I scored a groove using this piece of flint


as a burin


this acts rather like a small plane as you draw it along the wood, shaving off small curls of wood


The saw blade fits into this groove and this piece of Ash acts a blade guard.

Now in the process of making this bucksaw I had an idea for another potential use for the frame and this is what I will posting about next time.


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