Finally had to buy a hand saw for a cut none of my machines would do!

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Forum topic by Madmark2 posted 06-03-2020 08:18 PM 795 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-03-2020 08:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saw resaw humor purpleheart planer tablesaw shaping modern

MDF cabinet in the loo has been the recipient of many a sprinkle from the dogs with predictable results. Better half loves purple and cab is that color. Strangely enough the laminate finish is the exact color of purpleheart.

The pic doesn’t do it justice …

Old piece is 5/8” x 6-1/16” x 20” and I have a beautifully marked piece of S2S 15/16” x 8” x 24” purpleheart that will just fit. I rip it down to 6-1/16” taking a little off one edge and the balance from the other leaving me two smooth edges for resawing.

Normally I’m resawing finished 1×6 that is actually 3/4” x 5-1/2” and since the saw goes to 3-1/8” I figured I was good to go. Imagine my surprise when at 2-7/8” my ZCI started to rise. Ok I figured, I didn’t get quite all the way up when I first installed it. Kicking on the saw with the fence clamped down I again tried to raise the blade to max and again the ZCI starts to rise. Merde!


Now I’ve got this beautiful board sawed 2-7/8” in from each edge with about 5/16” of webbing as the crossbar of an H. Jig saw won’t reach. Coping saw only goes to 6”, band saw does 3”, hacksaw has back in the way as does back saw.

Running out of options I am forced, forced! to buy a hand saw! For the first time in 7 years I MUST purchase a hand saw (Oh the HORROR!)

This combo rip/crosscut saw cuts on both the push and pull stroke.

I do, it does and in about 5 minutes I have two beautiful 6” wide purpleheart boards, one 5/8” and the other 1/8”.

Gotta love the color match!

The 1/8” slab will make a beautiful project on its own right.

I admit it. There are some jobs that power tools can’t do that hand tools can!

(And I don’t want to hear any smartass “Sawzall” comments – a Sawzall is a PLUMBERS tool!)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 06-03-2020 09:53 PM

You need a bandsaw man!

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 06-03-2020 10:02 PM

Hard to believe you never had a hand saw before and had to go buy one.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 06-03-2020 11:14 PM

Haven’t needed a handsaw in this or last shop until now.

I have a bandsaw, but its throat only goes 3”. Its cute.

Its only 9” but it works well for me. (No lewd / snarky comments please)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 01:10 AM

Its funny, Richard Maguire aka The English Woodworker recommends the cheap Irwin hand saws from the big box store to new woodworkers that are on a budget. And I have seen him cut perfect dovetails with it just as good as any i’ve seen, lol. And he can cut stuff faster than I can even roll my table saw out to the driveway and run the extension cord out. But yeah I have a few handsaws I use regularly on odd construction type stuff. I also have a cordless “multi-tool” that can cut where no other tools can but the batteries last minutes.

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