Old table saw blades are a great source of free steel of decent quality. I tend to want to use it in many projects, like knives and small tools, but more often than not I give up on it since I have no accessible way of cutting it in complex shapes. Most people use angle grinders when it comes to that, but because of the noise I can’t use that, since my shop is inside the house and I work mostly at night. A hacksaw and file is an option but it’s pretty labor intensive and limited in the shapes it can create.
Then I’ve seen a video of someone using a jeweler’s saw to cut a small steel rod. I knew people used this kind of saws to cut metal, but was always thinking that it was limited to thin brass or similar soft metals, never thought it can cut steel. It fact I was unsure this was possible until I finished it and gave it a try. And I couldn’t be more happy with the result:
For the frame I’ve used 1/4 inch steel rod. The saw is designed to work primarily with 5 inch blades so the dimensions are based on that.
The bridge is a sandwich of aluminum, wood and steel, held together with epoxy and screws. It is around 3.5 inches long, giving a cut depth of a little under 3 inches.
The handle was turned on the lathe from an apple branch. It is 1 inch in diameter at the thickest part. The ferrule is aluminium to keep with the theme.
The sketch I used to make it.