As the water wheel turned it meshed with the other gears and windings of rope. One set of gears and windings pulled a sled that feed the board into the saw blades. The other set of gears moved the series of saw blades up and down.
This reproduction saw was in the Di Vinci museum in Florence Italy. It didn’t mention if the saw was ever made and used, or just designed by Da Vinci. But who knows, maybe before any paint of the Mona Lisa ever touched the poplar board, perhaps it was ripped to size on his saw machine?
I can say that the museum left me awestruck. How one man could be a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist,botanist, and writer is beyond me. But the thing i wonder most about is, could Leonardo Da Vinci dance?!?!?
Go dance now people!