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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Video: Level the Feet of a Chair or Sawbench

Getting the four feet of a sawbench, chair or stool all in the same plane is a challenge for some woodworkers. You can end up nibbling a bar stool into an ottoman if you take the wrong approach. I’m sure there is some way to do this with the power of math, triangles and...

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Ron Herman’s DVD on Saw Sharpening

One of my goals in this job has been to help produce a saw sharpening video that makes sense of all the dogma about this simple task. Should you set the teeth before or after you file them? Should you sharpen fleam from one side of the saw? Or turn the saw around to...

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Make Drift a Myth

You can tune up your band saw to resaw veneer without expensive fences or blades. By Carl Bilderback Pages: 66-67 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The subject most often written about in woodworking magazines is probably cutting dovetails. In second place – and not far behind – is likely...

Barnes Treadle Saw in Action – Again!

Today as we finished up my three-day class on “Handplane Essentials” at The Woodwright’s School, we spent some time at Roy Underhill’s Barnes 1874 combination machine – a treadle-powered table saw that kicked my keister during my first visit to the school. This time, I did a little better job ripping lumber on the...

Watch Me on 'The Woodwright’s Shop.’ I Can’t

UNC-TV has posted the shows from the new season of Roy Underhill’s “The Woodwright’s Shop” so you can watch them on your computer – including the two episodes I appeared in. We taped the two episodes right before I taught a sawing class at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. You can read about...

Knew Concepts Fretsaws Approach Perfection

I’m just about the last hand-tool blogger/forum gadfly to write about the Knew Concepts fretsaws, which have recently made the evolutionary leap from the world of jewelers to that of woodworkers. I’ve purchased two of the Knew Concepts saws during the last year and watched as its maker, Lee Marshall, has refined the tool...

Need a Moxon Double-screw Vise?

One of the most-popular projects I made last year was the Moxon Double-screw Vise from the December 2010 issue. It’s popularity was eclipsed only by the Handplane Birdhouse in the August 2010 issue. One guy built 12 of them. I have received some complaints about the Moxon Double-screw. Not about how it works –...

For Frame-saw Nuts Only

Jeff Burks of CarpentryArchive.org is a patent-searching madman. And his insanity is your gain. He’s been assembling patents on coping saws, Buhle saws, bow saws and their blades and collecting them into a handy pdf that will delight and bewilder you. See the Fenner patent saw (above). Marvel at the saw-filing vise designed for...