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.

Nice Saw. And it Always Will Be

A few weeks ago I was reading through “The Rule Book,” an amazing piece of scholarship on measuring tools by Jane Rees and Mark Rees. A few of the minty, minty old rules in the book really caught my eye. How, I wondered, could something so old look so new? The photo’s caption offered...

About the Prices of Miter Boxes

Since Ron Herman’s excellent story on miter boxes appeared in the November 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine, the price of these tools has gone through the roof, according to some tool collectors and sellers. Carl Bilderback, a semi-retired carpenter in Indiana, has been tracking the prices on eBay and called me last night...

Sensible Dovetails with Glen D. Huey

Senior Editor Glen D. Huey and I cut dovetails in completely different ways. But we entirely agree on one point: People make the joint a lot more difficult than necessary. There is a time for great accuracy (when making drawers), for pure structure (when the joint will be concealed by moulding), and for speed...

Video Preview of 'Build a Sawbench'

Here’s a short trailer of the forthcoming DVD “Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz” that will be released in a few weeks. If you pre-order the DVD, you’ll save $5 (hey that’s a pint of snooty beer!). To pre-order it for $19.99, visit our store via this link. As always, as soon as the...

Bad Axe 12" Carcase Saw – Now With Manners

Right in the thick of Woodworking in America – somewhere between duck fat fries and falling asleep in a puddle of what I hope was my drool – Mark Harrell of Bad Axe Tool Works put a saw down on my workbench and quietly left the classroom. It was a 12″ carcase saw, filed...

Early Bird Sale: 'Build a Sawbench' DVD

If you use saws powered by meat and muscle, you need a pair of sawbenches. Both you and the saw work a lot better when your work rests on these kneecap-high platforms. For the last five years I’ve been teaching weekend classes on building a sawbench that have proved to be surprisingly popular. But...

An Unprofitable Morning

After last weekend’s orgy of tools, woodworking and back-breaking workbench moving at Woodworking in America, I decided to take a break today and buy some tools and old woodworking books , and move a huge metallic garden bench. This morning I woke up at 5 a.m. and headed down to Louisville, Ky., with Megan...

New Class — Build a Sawbench here in Cincinnati

What are you doing next weekend? Wanna build a sawbench and become famous? We are shooting a DVD on Oct. 16 and 17 on building a sawbench entirely by hand and thought the whole thing would be more lively if we did the shoot in a classroom environment. So we’re going to do something...

Now that is a Real Chop Saw

The machinery room at Dick GmbH is a power tool lover’s dream. It has an enormous sliding table saw, a jointer/thicknesser the size of a small car and a huge band saw. But there’s no miter saw. A couple days before teaching a class on “Classical Joinery” at the school, I spent a morning...