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Forum topic by jdwhitak posted 06-08-2018 06:36 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jdwhitak

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06-08-2018 06:36 PM

Hello,

I’m getting started in woodworking and I plan on doing hand tool woodworking. What saw types should I start with? Any particular brands I should be looking at? I also wanted to find out about people who can rehab old saws. I picked up an old Millers Falls mitre box a couple of months ago and it had the original saw. I’d like to have it rehabbed.

Thanks for any and all help.


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smitdog

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#1 posted 06-08-2018 06:49 PM

Check out this thread, lots of info and people that know all you need to know about hand saws.
Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying

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#2 posted 06-08-2018 07:53 PM

My first joinery saw was a Veritas dovetail saw, which was relatively inexpensive and worked from day one. It doesn’t look as cool as the vintage tenon and carcase saws I’ve purchased since, but it was nice to cut some (ugly) joints before I had to do any saw maintenance.

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 06-08-2018 09:18 PM

You can make due with a dovetail saw for a good while. If you plan on doing anything with 2+” tenons you’ll need a tenon saw or at least a carcass. Something that has the depth of plate.

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#4 posted 06-08-2018 09:46 PM

I bought a couple of old Disston saws (tenon saws) on Ebay for about $12-20 each, and refinished them. It really wasn’t too hard, and you learn a lot about the saw. Just an option in case you hadn’t thought of it before.

-- Pete

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