I’m kind of a noob at woodworking, so I’m pretty proud of building my first tool! I’m making a large wooden clock right now, and I needed to saw out the center of the clock face. I don’t have a bandsaw yet (hopefully soon), so I’m relying on my jewelers saw for precision work. The problem is that the saw can only reach about 4 inches before it’s arm hits the wood and it can’t go any farther. I didn’t want to wait to order a large one, and didn’t really want to spend a hundred dollars on a hand saw, so I decided to make my own.
I cut up a coat hanger for the wood frame, drilled and screwed together the pieces, and used some leftover screws and washers to hold the blade. The screws didn’t hold the frame rigid enough, so I reinforced the corners with my trusty old InstaMorph.
It didn’t go completely smoothly though. If you want a good laugh, take a look at my hilarious first try. Somehow I got the whole thing built and broke two saw blades instantly before I noticed that the handle was on the wrong side. Fail. Oh well, live and learn.
There are a few problems with the saw. Since I used screws instead of those tabby things to hold the blade, it’s kind of difficult to change the blade. Also, the frame isn’t adjustable. I may try to make a nicer one in the future, but this one works for now. Anyways, now that I can saw again I can get back to work on the clock!