Lee Valley Tools    Woodworking Newsletter
   Vol. 4, Issue 1
   September 2009
 
   From the Archive
 

Excerpt from Popular Mechanics: Shop Notes, Volume 3, 1907.

Home-made Foot-power Saw

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Reduces Hard Work to a Minimum

Instead of being a back-breaking, tedious hardship, sawing wood may be made a pleasant exhilarating exercise. Any person with even a slight knowledge of tools can make a foot power saw. The illustration will sufficiently explain how it is done. My machine was constructed from an old bicycle frame and buck saw, the reciprocating motion being obtained by the use of a rod as shown. The upper lever raises and lowers the saw and the lower lever clamps the wood in position. - Contributed by E. Ponton, Northampton, Mass.

Editor's Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1907. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.
 
     
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