Cleaning out some shelves in the shop, I unearthed my copy Tage Frid's book,
and had several enjoyable hours of reading over this weekend. I have it in
my head now to build a bowsaw, but not sure what to use for the blade. The
most that I would cut by hand these days are an occasional dovetail or
tenon, so a small bow with a wide blade for good tracking, and about 12 to
15 tpi rip would seem appropriate. Bandsaw blades are a little coarse, I
think. Where can I find something more appropriate?
Hmmm. Not bad. 3/4" x 10 tpi, heat treated. Still, at $1 per foot, I could
throw it out rather than sharpen when it gets dull. Still looking for a
little wider, maybe 1-1/4".
I also unearthed the old Craftsman linear slide miter box and saw. Now, that
blade looks like what I have in mind. About 12 tpi rip, 1-1/4" wide. It
doesn't cut well at all crosscut, but pretty clean in rip. I remember buying
that for the kids 10 years ago. It always frustrated them. The polished
slide on the frame looks too good to just throw out, but all it does is get
in the way. Looks like I have ready made hardware if I go that route.
When I was researching this topic a while back I read that bandsaw
blades have some sort of bias in the set. Something to do with rolling
around the wheels. I don't have a bandsaw, so the explanation made no
sense. Went with store-bought bowsaw blades. Traditional Woodworker has
some, Woodcraft has some. The narrow 12" blades went dull really fast.
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