CONTEST ALERT: The game is afoot, everybody. This week, amidst the usual wealth of tips and techniques, came a design for a very tweaky bowsaw frame. Frequent contributor "Opifex" is squarely on our turf here, so the Work junta at TFWW determined such a revelation demands an appropriate response. Here are our terms:
The first three people to build the saw frame pictured below and submit a photo of their work will receive a free Gramercy Tools Bow Saw Kit (blades & pins). Scroll on for details.
It would be silly to ask loyal workateers to buy pins and blades to build a saw for the purpose of maybe winning pins and blades, so we'll happily accept photos of your bowsaw without these parts, provided your assembly looks like it's otherwise complete and ready to rock. We just want to treat the first three brave sawmakers to some free hardware.
Pics or it didn't happen: Tools for Working Wood maintains a Facebook Page and a Twitter Feed. Post your photos to either of those places with the hashtag #tfwwworkblog and then come back and let us know in the comments below.
If you have any questions, ask them in the comments too. We have some related resources detailing the design and construction of the Gramercy Bowsaw here and here but none of it explains exactly how to make Opifex's articulated, deep throated contraption. That's up to you and you're on your own. Good luck!
Disclaimer: Articles in Work describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.