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Building the Gramercy Tools Turning Saw - The Video

07/19/2011

A big wow and thank you goes out to The Renaissance Woodworker Blog. and the virtual Hand Tool School. The Renaissance Woodworker just posted a great video on how to build our Gramercy Tools Turning Saw from a kit. Like all the videos from the Renaissance Woodworker this video is really well done and there are some great tips and setups for making the saw by hand. You can read the entire blog entry here.


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07/19/2011 Larry James
Excellent video.

Larry
07/19/2011 Bill Wilson
Excellent video. I like your voice and speed of presentation. I appreciate your candidness about your mistakes.
07/20/2011 Kim Howarter
Yes, the video is excellent as are the rest of Shannon's hand tool school lessons.
07/20/2011 Mary Nickol
Great video, love the music. I've had the pleasure of making one of these saws, and it's a joy to use.
Excellent tutorial, and lots of good ideas. I do wonder how you would suggest shaping the arms of the saw if you have neither another turning saw nor a bandsaw. That was my situation when I made mine, at any rate.

On thing I noticed, too, was that the toggle keeps bumping into the stretcher when the saw is being tensioned. I find it easier to slide the toggle up so that the string sits in the middle of the toggle, turn the toggle the three or four times it takes to tension, and finally slip the toggle down so the string sits in the indentation.
Steve S., you can see at my link here how I built mine without another turning saw or bandsaw for some of the parts, since that is indeed the conundrum that people face. The technique is pretty simple, just a little more tedious to take many kerf cuts.
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