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I built my Roubo clone frame saw many years ago after seeing a similar one in Colonial Williamsburg’s Hay shop.  With my version, which is a closer approximation of the Roubo saw in both style and blade geometry, I attempted to improve on some of the slow cutting attributes of the Hay shop’s saw.  Now some four years later, I’m realizing these saws really don’t work that well.  They certainly aren’t a quick and easy tool for resawing.  And producing hand cut veneer (below) is a feat of skill and no doubt specialty tooth-filing very likely beyond the capabilities and patience of normal woodworkers.

I just want to bring a few details to your attention:

1) The log in the picture really isn’t that large.  And most of the cuts through the sap will very likely result in unusable material.  If true, why would anyone make those cuts?  Is it possible this picture is merely illustrating the concept and not an 18th-century snapshot of actual work? (btw: notice the toe-pointing first-position stance of these craftsmen – hard to believe any self respecting woodworker would stand this way, even if they are French.


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