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Blog entry by Thermaloy posted 11-07-2012 02:17 AM 4254 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found myself in need of a new saw for cross-cutting and another for ripping. Looked at the Axminster Tools Catalogue (Axminster in Devon, UK) which my son describes as ‘pornography for woodworkers’, and found a Japanese pull saw which combines both functions. It was not cheap but I bought it by mail order anyway.

Very flexible blade with teeth of different profiles on top and bottom of the long dimension, and a straight handle. Did some sawing and could not believe the experience. Firstly, pulling the saw was easier physically; secondly, it was more accurate; thirdly, it worked well for both ripping and cross-cut. Finally, the surface of the sawn area looked as if it had been sanded to 400 grit! Absolutely unbelievable result. So I am now converted to Japanese pull saws as default for if/when I need a keyhole saw or similar. It was, in summary, a happy discovery.

-- Thermaloy

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 02:40 AM

Yes, I love my Japanese saws as well.
Last year I even installed 150ft of plank fence and cut every board and 4×4 post with my pull saws.
Went faster than using the Skil saw.
And cutting the compound angles on the rails to fit between the posts was a breeze.

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#2 posted 10-15-2013 10:43 PM

Recently bought a Charnwood mini-lathe for doing smaller, intricate work. (I am UK based.) On Saturday took it to our local Woodland Conservation Area Open Day to do demonstrations for children and adults. Lost count of the number of miniature bells, cups, mugs, and soldiers turned and handed over, each one in minutes only. Significantly, though, it was the children’s responses that were really good. Open mouthed, wide-eyed, and really pleased to be given the object they just saw being made. One 14-year old girl told me she had just started doing woodwork in school – you could almost hear the cogs working in her brain and she looked at the turning progress. Reckon there was one convert on the spot. Some adults, too, were very taken with the craft and, on being told how comparatively inexpensive the lathe had been, were definitely interested in pursuing the hobby.

The plan now is to take the demos into schools, if they wish to have it.

-- Thermaloy

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