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.

And at Age 11, I Hosted my Own Woodworking Show

Roy Underhill looks over the rim of his beer at the City Tap – the bar behind his woodworking school – and asks me the following left-field-what-are-you-doing-inside-my-skull question. “You built your first bench at 11,” he asks, “what were you building there?” In addition to my crappy crafty projects and pseudo-furniture projects, that workbench...

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Scrape Your Saw Clean

I have always been fastidious about keeping rust off my tools. I have to be. My shop is partially underground and we live in a humid river city. Blink, and your tools will turn to iron oxide. The most difficult tools to keep rust-free are the machines, especially my Unisaw for some reason. The...

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Spiral Blades: Good for Dovetailing?

While packing my tools to teach a toolbox class in Germany, I knew two things: 1. The students had to cut a lot of dovetails in 7/8”-thick material. 2. Coping saws are uncommon on the Continent. So I packed an extra coping saw blade in my luggage, which turned out to be either a...

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Planes are Stupid; Saws are Smart

I am married to a very smart woman. This has its advantages – life is never boring. It also has its disadvantages – she does not suffer fools (such as myself) lightly. What the heck does this have to do with woodworking? Plenty. In the world of woodworking tools there are two overarching varieties:...

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Jeff Miller’s Incredible Tenon Jig

During the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in our shop this spring, furniture maker Jeff Miller came over to my bench and started asking questions about the Wenzloff & Sons no-set backsaw I had hanging over my bench. To demonstrate the saw’s superpowers, I cut a tenon with the saw. The amazing thing about the...

Don’t Forget About Sindelar’s Event This Weekend

Quick reminder: I’ll be in southwest Michigan this Saturday (June 4) giving demonstrations and generally mopping up the drool in my vicinity at the open house of tool collector John Sindelar. Sindelar is going to open crates of tools that haven’t seen the light of day in decades. And his tool museum is outrageous....

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The Fenner Patent Frame Saw. Crazy.

And you thought yesterday’s posts about Estonian workholding was obscure? Bah, that was amateur hour. Let’s talk about the Charles Fenner Patent frame saw, a fairly rare bird among collectors. Usually “rare” means “didn’t work or sell too well.” But the Fenner is so wild that I had to try one out. The thing...