Needing some helpful advice

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Blog entry by cdaniels posted 05-28-2014 09:58 AM 1606 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

As some of you know I’ve started learning how to do everything with hand tools. I feel more in control when I use them and I can do everything in my living room (not without the wife throwing the occasional comment about my mess) and still be with my family instead of going to the woodshop and paying by the hour. I have tried using a couple of different Japanese hand saws, the 2 sided razor saw, one side for crosscut and one for rip cut. I have also tried a folding single edge saw that I later found out was a contractor saw. while the 2 sided saw does prove to be cutting a lot faster, when I watch most online videos of other people using various types of handsaws they all seem to be using less effort and cutting even faster. I do believe my technique is someone correct from my research and talking to a few Japanese woodcraftsmen here but i’m confused as to if I should be using a western saw with my difficulties or if I should just keep trying different Japanese handsaws? Any help is appreciated as always.

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 04:52 PM

I use both types of saws in my shop depending on the task. I have found that having my “Western Style” saws sharpened made all the difference in the world. I sent them out, and for less than the cost of a couple Starbucks Latte’s, they have a new life.
1) So, like the rest of your tool keep the saws sharpened …
2) Look at the side of the saw, in the reflection you will see how square you are cutting …
3) Check your posture …
4) Have fun …

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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