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06-27-2019 03:00 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ryoba wood crosscut warping blade

I’ve searched everywhere to find help and now here to ask for help.


I’m trying to cut a workbench top to length. The dimensions of the top are 24”x48”x5”. The crosscut is along the 24” perpendicular to the 48”. The boards that’s made up the top are runnuing parallel along the 48”


Double sided Japanese hand saw (ryoba) using the crosscut side


Ever time I try to cut the end result is curved…like the saw is warping inside the wood. The concave it cuts is literally 1/8” deep. What am I doing wrong?

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#1 posted 06-27-2019 03:10 AM

The only thing you doing wrong is thinking that you can cut straight without putting in the 10,000 hours of experience that’s needed to cut straight with a handsaw.
If it’s really important for you to have a flat straight end cut create a knife wall on all four sides. The saw will follow the path of least resistance.
Good luck be patient :)

-- Aj

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#2 posted 06-27-2019 06:25 AM

+1 But….
Since it will take a long time to get 10,000 hrs. of practice I’d say wrong tool in IMHO. I would never attempt that cut cuz I know i’d screw it up.

Do you have a table saw or a power skill saw you could make a guide jig for and cut from both sides to get through the 5”, then plane the ends smooth??

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-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#3 posted 06-27-2019 11:06 AM


After researching a bit more (word of mouth, not internet) the problem has been solved. Wrong tool for the job issue. The saw being used was simply too small for the job.

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