“Playing” the Saw

In this 2-part, free video playlist, you get to see a range of ideas and techniques from two terrific instructors.

First, Jeff Miller introduces you to the concept of audible feedback during your work at the bench – some might call it “playing” the saw (or handplane). You can learn a lot from the sound of your tools passing through or over the wood. Jeff also tells you about tactile feedback and some lesser-known forms of visual feedback, such as examining an edge for uneven plane shavings – or watching the shavings themselves. Importantly, Jeff’s idea of using different types of sensory feedback applies to machine work as well as hand-tool work.

Next, William Ng shows you his complete method for cutting, shaping and placing ebony plugs in Greene & Greene furniture. Using a spare mortising bit from a machine mortiser, William cuts a 1/4″-square outline for the mortise. He then uses a combination of hand drilling and hand chiseling to finish the mortise. It is fast and easy. For the ebony plug, William chucks a piece of ebony in his drill and spins it over a series of progressively finer-grit sandpapers. Finally, he uses his shop-made jig to cut a 3/16″-long plug from the piece of ebony, and glues the plug into place.

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Dan Farnbach

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About Dan Farnbach

Dan apprenticed and worked in two professional shops during the years after college. But sweeping shop floors only goes so far toward learning woodworking. These days Dan is online editor for Popular Woodworking, and is learning new skills every day. He divides his time between Boston and Maine.

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