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
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.