Sunday, March 21, 2010

Keeping busy making tools for interior camping while trying to pass the winter months

The Homemade Bow Saw

A handy tool for those early spring interior trips is a bow saw when making your way along portage routes that haven't seen humans for a few months. The winter tends to bring down the dead branches and weak trees and at times they end up blocking portages. I saw a picture of one on the internet so I thought I would give it a try. I used pine 1"x2", some stainless hardware from Canadian Tire, some rope about 4' & a 21" bow saw blade also from Canadian Tire. All the parts cost about $15.00 and took me about 30 minutes to make. The saw is easy to completely take apart and pack for interior camping. The center cross section is grooved to allow for the blade to be stored inside it.

1 comment:

  1. I really like this saw! So simple and I would imagine it folds up to almost nothing. I was thinking how much better this would be with some sort of kevlar or carbon fiber tubing when it hit me! Broken hockey stick shafts. The perfect solution. It would also allow you to store the blade inside the hollow tubing.


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