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Forum topic by Karda posted 06-02-2021 10:59 PM 502 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-02-2021 10:59 PM

whats the secret. Every time i cut a piece of wood with a hand the bottom split at the end of the cut even when I lift the scrap piece, what am I doing wrong


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#1 posted 06-03-2021 02:09 AM

Two possibilties come to mind: 1. Too coarse of a saw for the given thickness being sawn; 2. Failing to lower the sawing angle for the last few strokes.

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#2 posted 06-03-2021 02:09 AM

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#3 posted 06-03-2021 02:17 AM

This happens to me too every time I cut wood with a hand. :)

-- Aj

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#4 posted 06-03-2021 02:41 AM

Are you using a bench hook?

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#5 posted 06-03-2021 02:45 AM



This happens to me too every time I cut wood with a hand. :)

- Aj2


try a round house kick next time ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 06-03-2021 03:02 AM

i was using a 9 ppi on a 2×2 in a vice. i have arthritis in my feet so a round house wont work and I can’t get the work in the right position to use an elbow strike

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#7 posted 06-03-2021 03:19 AM

Slow down and back off when you get there. When I get to the last corner I keep any downward pressure off the saw, maybe even lift a little to make sure there’s no pressure on it, and I shorten up my strokes. Not foolproof, but it helps

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#8 posted 06-03-2021 03:24 AM

(following up on Mos’ comments above)

my second point (see 1st post) is intended to effectively lessen the rake angle, thereby putting less downward pressure on the remaining fibres.

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#9 posted 06-03-2021 03:37 AM

ok i’ll try your suggestion. Trying to get a clean cut with a hand saw is new I usually just hack a piece off. Now i want thing to work good

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#10 posted 06-03-2021 03:48 AM


try a round house kick next time ;-)

- pottz

Chuck Norris doesn’t chop wood. He just tells it to split and it splits.

Chuck Norris doesn’t measure twice and he cuts as many times as he wants.

One time Chuck Norris hit his thumb with a hammer. The hammer was sore for 6 weeks.

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#11 posted 06-03-2021 04:16 AM



ok i ll try your suggestion. Trying to get a clean cut with a hand saw is new I usually just hack a piece off. Now i want thing to work good

- Karda

That, my friend, is the attitude that built America.

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#12 posted 06-03-2021 04:18 AM

If it’s a piece who’s finish is important to me, I will strike a line around the whole thing with a marking gauge or a square and a knife. For me this is the best way to avoid splintering the finished piece.

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#13 posted 06-03-2021 09:32 AM

You can also try cutting all 4 sides so you finish in the center.

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#14 posted 06-03-2021 02:20 PM



You can also try cutting all 4 sides so you finish in the center.

- Don W

+1 If I need a clean cut with no tearout, I’ll strike a line all the way around and then cut a kerf on all sides before I saw all the way through. It takes longer and takes some practice to ensure you line all the cuts up but it always leaves clean edges.

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#15 posted 06-03-2021 02:21 PM

++ on the above upper tips. Backing it up with a thin scrap works. Lifting the scrap by hand is not going to be consistent.

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