Andrew Lunn's Super-tuned Dovetail Saws

There are so many fine Western sawmakers today that it’s hard to believe that there were virtually none in 1996 , the year Independence Tool was founded. New sawmakers are cropping up so quickly that it’s tough for me to keep track (and heck, it’s my job). I do try to stay on top...

Sawing Out Dovetail Waste

When I teach dovetailing to a class, one of the common questions is why I saw out the majority of the waste between the tails and pins, instead of chopping with a chisel. The simple answer is: That’s how I learned to do it, I’m fast at it and coping saws are easier to...

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...

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...

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...

How Many Saws Does it Take…

How many saws does it take to cut giant dovetails? In my case, three. Sure, those of you with mad saw skills might simply whip out the panel saw and go at it. But I’m not that brave. Instead, I started with my wee Gramercy dovetail saw, which has a usable cutting depth of...

New Smaller Saws from Bad Axe Tool Works

Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Tool Works has always taken a different path than other modern sawmakers. Instead of imitating the look of classic British saws, Harrell has always favored American styles, with their steel backs and distinct tote profile. And he launched his sawmaking business by making the biggest backsaws first , most...

Morris Saws and Coping Saws

I never knew how lame my cordless Skil drill was until I used a Makita. With a clutch. And the distinct absence of flames. So these last few weeks I’ve become frustrated and obsessed (frusessed?) with my coping saws , their blades just don’t hold their angle. Luckily, there are already a lot of...

Coping Saws: From Bricks to Fretwork Frogs

The coping saw is generally unloved, unheralded and under-appreciated. Yet as far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t enjoy woodworking as much without one. When I started woodworking about age 11, my father forbade me from using machinery. So the only two saws I had were a panel saw with a blue plastic handle (which...