Sawing Techniques

Anyone who’s ever tackled a board knows that sawing can be harder than it looks – even if you’re using beefy power tools. From small hand saws that you use for delicate dovetail work, to the table saw techniques used to make repeatable cuts in a complex project, we have every knowledge base covered for you. Learn to saw like a real pro; know how to choose the best saw blades for the job; become a master at all aspects of this essential woodworking skill.

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Bandsaw Fence

Bandsaw Fence Our fence shines where commercial models fall short. By Richard Tendick Every bandsaw deserves a good fence. After all, a bandsaw is capable of doing much more than cutting curves. With a well-designed fence, you can accurately resaw boards into thinner pieces, rip warped rough lumber without worrying about kickback and precisely...

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My Favorite Band Saw Blade

While I do most of my work by hand, there are two machines that I refuse to do without: a thickness planer and an old Delta 14” band saw. These two machines remove the drudgery from reducing boards in thickness and long rips. So I baby these two machines. When it comes to band...

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Get Lubed Up in 19th-century Style

Ever since Roy Underhill wrote about the joys of mutton tallow as a tool lubricant in Popular Woodworking Magazine in the August 2010 issue, readers have been asking where to purchase the stuff. Or, even more alarming, how to render it themselves. The good news is that Lee Valley Tools has started to carry...

Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up

Bandsaw Tire True-Up Q: How can I fix a bandsaw tire with irregularities that bump the blade? I’m getting a lot of side-to-side movement with the blade. A: Truing the hard rubber tire that goes around the rim of each bandsaw wheel should solve your problem. There are several ways to do this, but...

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New Sawmaker Builds Ancient Saws

Anyone who has ever read Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises” (1678) has puzzled over his pictures of saws. There are some frame saws, a whipsaw and a fancy handled saw without a back that Moxon, as far as I know, doesn’t discuss in his text. That fancy saw has always caught my eye. What was...

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Tweaking an Over-set Coping Saw

When cutting dovetails, I’ve always cleared out most of the waste with a coping saw. Why? I learned it that way in 1993 and am faster with the coping saw than I am with a chisel. Even though I’ve been dovetailing for almost 20 years, I’m always looking for small things to improve my...

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Bandsawn Dovetails

Bandsawn Dovetails Hand-cut appearance with half the fuss. By Seth Keller Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. If you’ve labored over handcut through dovetails, you’ll be amazed how much faster they can be cut on the bandsaw. You get all the benefits, including strong joints, classic appearance, the ability...