Frame saws are all the rage in the woodworking blogosphere that I pay attention to. Here’s the most authoritative posting I’ve seen, with a nice plate on the frame saw from Roubo. And here is the Village Carpenters nice rendition.
Here in the Midwest we can be a little insecure about how long it often takes for trends and fashions to travel in from the coasts. But I think we may be ahead of the curve on this one. A small group of us have been working in an off-the-menu project at Mike Siemsen’s School building frame saws much like in Roubo’s plate. I missed a couple key meetings. But I’m sure Mike and Dean were the brains behind the project, the fashioning of the metal blade-holding parts, and the traditional arc welding. I bring to the table willing unskilled labor. And I spent an entire evening filing on my home-made blade. It cuts, but it could still use some more work. The length of the blade between the blade holders is 46 inches, and there are 3 points per inch.