Going to share my hacksaw build.
I have a junior hacksaw (6" blade), but no full size hacksaw. being on a tight budget i can only afford the blade. using some scrap metal, nails, wood and a few screws, I was able to make my own hacksaw and you can too.
The tools required are , left and right cutting tin snips, junior hacksaw, power drill, assorted drill bits, file, hammer, bench vise, 0.500 x 0.500 x 16" steel bar, 1/4 hex screwdriver, 3/8 wrench.
The materials needed are, hacksaw blade, 22 gauge sheet metal this can be taken from appliances such as stove,s fridges, washing machines and dryers, .500 x .188 x 24 steel bar, .500 x .125 x12 steel bar, .500 x .500 x 2 steel bar, nails, sheet metal screws, bolt, machine screw, 1 x 2 x 4 nom. wood, 2 - 8.5x11 sheets copy paper, tape pencil.
First step is to make a template. tape 2 sheets of paper together along the short side. trace he outline of the hacksaw blade on the lower left hand corner. around the outline of the blade draw the desired shape of the hacksaw, the with of the frame should be .500", allow 1.0" of space on each end of the blade.
Secondly the frame sections are formed. the frame sections are made by bending and hammering sheet metal on a 0.500 square bar as a mandrel. Cut the sheet metal to a width of 2.563" refer to the template for lengths. First bend is .125" in an L shape, Clamp the sheet metal with the mandrel in the vise with .125 of sheet metal above the mandrel. hammer the sheet metal to form a 90 deg bend. Continue forming the sheet metal around the bar forming a square tube. Slide the formed tube off the mandrel. Cut the tube to the required lengths.
Third the frame is connected and a handle attached. The frame is jointed with thin steel bars bent and laminated together. cut 7- 2" length of .188 bar and 4 length of .125 bar. Bend the bars for the joints, referring to the template for the angle. each joint has 2 - .188 bars and 1 - .125 bars. drill through the sheet metal and bar bar, rivet using common nails. add a handle using the same process.
Lastly make the mounts for the saw blade. Cut a 1.0 section of .5 square bar. cut a slot .5 inches deep and wide enough to accept a hack saw blade. drill a hole intersecting the slot, corresponding to the hole on the hacksaw blade. drill a hole on the end of the bar and tap it to receive a bolt. mount this to the frame by drilling a hole into a joint and bolting through. the front mount is made the same way. a threaded rod is attached to the front mount, passed through a hole drilled in the frame and a wing nut screwed onto the end. two pins hold the blade in place
I admire the work you did here, but a hacksaw is only $5 at home depot and probably cheaper at harborfreight,
If you're really that strapped for cash, recoup your losses by cutting open padlocks with your hacksaw and craigslisting your acquisitions.
Or donate plasma.
Or whore yourself out.
Or work at mcdonalds.
But honestly, that hacksaw looks way better than mine. I'd use it.
>being on a tight budget i can only afford the blade
While I can very much appreciate the /diy/ spirit in saving money...this has to be a joke. If you legit can't afford a hacksaw, you have bigger problems than whatever one I'm assuming you're trying to solve.