Wednesday, November 11, 2015
DIY Buck Saw Construction
So for those of you who are minimalist campers and want to cut weight anyway that you can this is one way that I do that during the Spring through Fall. You can simply carry two key rings and a saw blade instead of a full buck or bow saw into the field. I will typically pair this saw blade with a Bacho Laplander on my hip and a multi-tool in my pack. If you are into carrying an 18th century bed roll (check out mine from last year HERE: LINK) if you leave the saw blade in the cardboard sheath it will slide right into the blanket roll. So why choose a buck saw over a bow saw? Initially I would always make a bow saw as it takes less than five minutes to make and gives you a viable saw to craft your buck saw with, make your initial shelter and gather firewood for the first day. Essentially I would get my immediate needs out of the way and then at night by the camp fire spend an hour or two crafting a buck saw (if you don't have much cordage this may not be an option for you). So if the bow saw is faster and will cut essentially the same size material then why waste time and resources to make a buck saw? In my experience, a buck saw has less blade movement is more comfortable, can process more wood faster and the blade will have a longer life.
Buck Saw Instructions In Pictures:1) So where does one start in making a buck saw? Find a small tree (straight as possible) with a width of roughly three fingers and roughly five foot long. (save a smaller piece of the tree for the tension bar).
9) Now all you have to do is put the saw together and get to work. Make a loop about 1" longer than needed to wrap around the two uprights. To tension the saw wrap the cordage around the tension bar twice in the groove and then loop it around the uprights. Then simply spin the tension bar until the wood stops creaking and stop before your cordage breaks (bank line can save you here- I over tensioned the bankline the first time to see how much it could take and even after it broke it still held together and I was able to keep using the saw for several hours.
I have a love/hate relationship with DIY buck saws as they take awhile to craft and delay your your ability to cut larger wood. If you carry a bacho laplander into the field then you are golden initially and have time to craft a saw in your down time. The buck saw saves energy over a bow saw and over a bacho laplander as you're able to cut larger diameter wood with less cutting strokes. While a commercial buck saw like the Stowell Outdoor Solutions buck saw I compare the makeshift saw to in the video is much faster to put into place it is much lighter to carry a saw blade. If you haven't tried to make one of these DIY buck saws I highly recommend that you get out and practice this skills as the more skills you carry into the woods the less equipment you will have to carry and the more self reliant you will become.
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