> i'm looking at making a small camping saw like the one in this link.
> basically a standard short blade that can be broken down for travel
> and repaired easily in the field. anyone been here before? i've
> made bowsaws, but they're larger than i'd like for this application.
Here's one for you. I took a Scout Leader training course that they
called "Bushcraft". Basically you do everything in the Scout handbook
that has to do with camping. So we are not asking the kids to do
anything we have not done ourselves. Huge fun! But I digress.
One of our enablers, er facilitators, built this bowsaw whilst we
were stopped for lunch on the trail. The string was in his pocket,
the blade was inside his belt, the sticks he cut with his knife and
whittled the joints. Took him maybe 15 minutes to make the frame.
And it works, but I suspect that your first few efforts would fail until
you understood the joints and geometry better. I'm sure a good galoot
like you can figure it out...