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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw badge in round wood working.

For this badge bit, you will make a bow saw. Bow saws are useful for cutting curves, crosscutting, ripping, dovetailing, for mortise-and-tenon joinery and more (https://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/bowsaw_basics/)



Here's some information on how to use a bowsaw




Be safe when using hand tools, work at your own risk, and enjoy building! :)

To get certified for this BB, post three pics.  

  - Your chunks of wood that you are starting with
  - Progress about half way through, with the hand tools you have decided to use for this
  - Final product
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This is made out of hickory "stove wood". I did use an electric drill for this one, as I was needing to use it as soon after it was made.
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I'm wondering if, since this is the roundwood badge, that Paul might want this made out of round wood. But, I could be wrong. I'm going to leave this up to him. Hopefully he'll fill in the badge bit post, too, because I don't know much about bowsaws!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:I'm wondering if, since this is the roundwood badge, that Paul might want this made out of round wood.



I wondered this at first, but I wouldn't know how to make a buck saw with small sticks that would hold up for very long. They would have a tendency to bow and/or split. This is why I figured It must be more of a support project so that people would have the right tools to continue the round wood projects. I know the first projects posted for a BB are important in giving guidance and setting the standard. I would be glad to help in this by attempting to meet any necessary criteria in a second frame. I would be an honor.
 
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From the roundwood woodworking main badge page:

Zero glue.  Rarely using metal.  Everything built from logs, branches and sticks.  Nothing starts with dimensional lumber.


So I'm thinking it won't satisfy the requirements.  Probably should have a note about it needing to be made from roundwood in that BB.  Most of the roundwood BBs, by their nature, involve round wood.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:From the roundwood woodworking main badge page:

Zero glue.  Rarely using metal.  Everything built from logs, branches and sticks.  Nothing starts with dimensional lumber.


So I'm thinking it won't satisfy the requirements.  Probably should have a note about it needing to be made from roundwood in that BB.  Most of the roundwood BBs, by their nature, involve round wood.



Ok, so I guess we need to replace the screws with some pegs, and show the process of splitting the pieces from a log. Would that be satisfactory?
Also, I am guessing that any piece of scrap cordage wound work, but we should avoid wire and turnbuckles. Is that right?
 
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Yeah, in the case where your wood looks so perfectly rectangular that it could easily be mistaken for dimensional lumber, showing the log you started with would be reasonable.

I think a metal pin or screw here or there is probably ok if it would contribute greatly to the longevity of the tool (as the pins probably do for this tool).  Cordage is better than wire and a turnbuckle.  You'd probably get lots of bonus points for using sinew or other natural twine-like materials.  But I'm not 100% sure.  Most of the items on the badge list are easily done out of wood all the way.  This is one that blends the line between roundwood and toolcare (in my mind).
 
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