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Forum topic by BigJohn posted 01-24-2016 04:44 PM 1568 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-24-2016 04:44 PM

My local lumberyard is awesome. A friend I grew up with owns a large sawmill and kiln. He opened a small retail lumber store up the road from his sawmill. I picked out two red oak boards 8’ long and needed them cut in half to put in my suv. It was raining so I could not bring my truck. I talked to the young man at the front counter and he said he was the only one working right now so he could not cut them and insurance regulations would not allow me to use the radial saw.

I asked if he had a hansaw I could use and he said “that is kiln dried red oak about 5% moisture content. You can’t cut that ith a handsaw it’s too hard. You will be sawing all day.”

Now I am not making fun of the youngster, but pointing out the lack of skills taught in schools today. When I was in school shop in the 80’s, we learned about 90% power tools and machines but very little about hand tools. I guess they don’t teach hand tools at all anymore.

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#1 posted 01-24-2016 06:05 PM

When I was in school shop in the 80 s, we learned about 90% power tools and machines but very little about hand tools.

Ditto. Which had the unfortunate side affect of me wasting a couple of decades thinking I needed all of those expensive machines before I could make anything…

-- Ray

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#2 posted 01-24-2016 06:21 PM

Hmph! I guess I had better stop doing that. I have had 8’ ( and longer) red oak boards that I have cut with a handsaw and it wasn’t much of a deal. I have a 3HP PM66 table saw, but sometimes if I just want a couple of feet off the end of a 10’ board, it is much faster to just clamp it down and cut it with a handsaw. Also a lot less hassle that trying to keep a 8’ or 10’ board straight on the table saw.

I guess the kid tried it once and used a dull saw. :-) Or maybe just a product of the Instant Society where if he has to take more than 2 or 3 strokes with a hand tool, then it can’t be done.


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#3 posted 01-24-2016 10:39 PM

LOL I just finished Resawing 11” X 4’ of red oak for a drawer bottom. It always surprises me how fast it actually goes.

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#4 posted 01-24-2016 11:07 PM

Somebody’s feeding that poor kid a load of BS. Too bad.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 01-24-2016 11:38 PM

Actually kinda sad, not funny. Youngens. First semester in wood shop, 9th grade, mandatory, hand tools only.

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#6 posted 01-24-2016 11:53 PM

I explained to him that I do not have any power saws and cut this wiyh hand tools every day. He just gave me the look that young people do.

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#7 posted 01-24-2016 11:57 PM

B John, he probably was thinking..”poor bastich, can’t even afford a power saw” lol

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#8 posted 01-25-2016 01:54 AM

When I was 17 my dad and I built a house. WE did about 90% of our cuts using a Disston D8 saw. I know how to use a handsaw but I still don’t reach for it first. It is good to know though

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#9 posted 01-25-2016 02:47 PM

I hope you called your friend and told him this young man needs some training. He is chasing away customers !

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