Wednesday, November 4, 2015
DIY Bow Saw
Last year I fashioned a bow saw from a snare wire/saw (See it in action HERE- LINK) in my Micro 10 C's Kit (Link- HERE). I have upgraded saw options several times and when I'm taking out a lightweight late fall kit I tend to pack just a saw blade that is 21"-24" along with two key rings affixed to my axe. Alternatively you can carry this gear inside your belt although I don't particularly like the idea due to the possibility of getting cut without significant modification to the belt. Carrying just a saw blade reduces your pack weight significantly and can provide you with a significant cutting tool in for making long-term shelters, cutting fire wood and much more. The best thing about this improvised saw is that it takes less than fifteen minutes to make and can be made easily with just the saw blade and a belt knife or simply just the saw blade. The video below shows the saw in action and I will provide you with step-by-step directions below.
This is one of my favorite things to craft in the wood as it saves weight, works well and is a significant upgrade from the wire saw bow saw I crafted last year as the durability goes through the roof along with effectiveness. For less than $10 you can process significant diameter lumber for shelters, firewood and anything else you can think imagine. Fifteen minutes of your time and one saw blade offer you a significant upgrade to your belt saw (Bacho Laplander for me!) as you can cut the same log with about half of the effort.
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1) So what do you need to make this saw? Just a saw blade will work but a good belt knife to baton the the saw helps speed up the process and saves your hands from the bacho taking a bite out of you.
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