I cannot find anywhere bow saw frame for 42 inch blade. Could you advise? Many thanks, Martin

  • Found a complete 42 inch bow saw in an antique store and bought it. I had been looking for 1 for several years. I put anew blade in it and what a saw! – Robert May 31 '18 at 12:26

These days I think most bow-saw frames are made by the woodworker and not bought, although that may be just what is common in Western Europe and North America.

If making your own sounds like a project you'd be interested in here is a plan you can use as a starting point, scaling up as needed for the length of your saw blade:

Bow saw plan

For greater details of a different frame style look at this article on Popular Woodworking, Make a Shapely Bowsaw.

Another option to consider which vastly simplifies the making of one is simply by fitting the blade to two ends of a bent branch:

Branch bow saw

Source: FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS: BLOG SKILL SERIES: Make an Improvised Bow Saw

  • Note that old bandsaw blades can sometimes make decent bow saw blades, especially if you spend some time sharpening and setting the teeth appropriately. – keshlam Oct 10 '16 at 3:01
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    With wooden bow saw you can start with standard length saw (e.g. 700mm) and replace stretcher (elem. B on the schematic above) with one matching you blade length. – omark Oct 16 '16 at 2:22

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