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Capable and handy chainsaw

Capable and handy chainsaw

09-07-2018 03:06 AM by swirt | 10 comments »

Since I no longer live in the forest and am now mainly surrounded by annoying palm trees, I haven’t used my gas chainsaw in over a decade. When I went to use it to help me slab some oak, it needed a lot of work to get it running again. I knew it would sit dormant for a long time and require more work to get it running the next time. I wanted something simpler, something more reliable. I picked the Black and Decker CS1518 [amazon] I liked it for the following reasons: Under...

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Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

Fine, highly accurate dovetail saw

08-21-2010 05:59 AM by swirt | 8 comments »

This saw was recommended as a top tool for under $10 by Fine Woodworking Magazine, and is highly regarded by Christopher Schwarz from Popular Woodworking. Yes that was not a typo, this saw really costs less than $10 and it is Made in the USA.The blade is only 0.01” thick so it feels pretty flimsy, but it also cuts the thinest of kerfs. With this saw you can actually split the pencil line with room to spare. The teeth cut on the pull stroke, the blade is 6.5” long and this delux...

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