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Blog entry by frank posted 06-21-2007 02:06 PM 912 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Working Hands Make Good Progress

….and so here i go again,
sliding across the grains of wood,
kicking up some sawdust as i plough a plane,
looking to be fitted in tight for all good

And so it was that Tuesday evening I managed to get this one finished up and started tweaking the saw to achieve it’s height of perfection, in the midst of cutting for ‘wood joinery’.

One could call this one a ‘dovetail saw’....’sliding dovetail saw’....’push saw’....or ‘pull saw’ and what you or I call it, matters not so much as how one respects it. Though simple looking and to some, maybe even out of sync with the ages of times one decides to live in, this one will do wonders and miricles in the hands of one who is loving the moment at cutting ‘wood joinery’ by hand.

I love doing and practicing ‘wood joinery’ by hand….and so for many I am out of time, like having slipped through a worm hole and finding my-self in a place I never left, except for those dreaming moments right before one awakens and knows that what and where you was, is real and this is the dream of waking up. These that I make such as this, are my ‘dogu….instruments of the way’ and this one here is the first one I have ever shared with many as I am doing so now. I have others as such and they are kept for the special pieces of ‘wood art’ that I do and then when that process is over, they are wrapped in towels or placed in leather, where they wait silently and patiently for there next chance at creating.

As I stated in my previous blog story, I made this one to work some wood joints in the up and coming “LumberJocks Woodworking Awards Summer 2007” here at LJ. And no, I’m not saying what those joints will be, but this saw can do wonders in working at ploughing saw cuts, in both hardwood and softwood.

....and so here are some pictures, the base is oak coming from a salvaged 250 year old barn purlin, while the handle is some bittersweet that I cut last year, stripped the bark and notched and screwed in place….

....after all those years of sitting as a purlin, this one has some nice patterns of grain in the wood….

....and so I ended the day by playing at tweaking the saw while turning out some fast saw cuts of different wood cuts used in joints, and so please excuse the quality of the joinery cuts made here as I was moving quite fast just to get an idea of what to tweak and get some pictures….

....’sliding dovetail joints’, ‘dovetail housing’, ‘stopped dovetail housing’, ‘dovetailed slip feathered joint’ and many more are all within the reach of this saw….

....and then maybe one wants to run a ‘rabbit’ as such, this one I did in some cherry I found sitting around in the shop….

....and an-other ‘rabbit’ view….

....and then I will end with this one, ‘grovin-for-a-tongue’....

Thank you.

”....and when I walk around my shop, all the wood starts talking about giving me inspiration, to inspire my imagination, and so i touch the wood and create….”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 02:56 PM

the joy you must experience when working with these tools!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 03:06 PM

Frank, Have a beautiful weekend.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 03:20 PM

Very nice Frank…who needs power when you have imagination!

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 05:01 PM

That’s great frank. I can imagine an afternoon spent with a roll of chisels, a mallet an nothing but the sound of the strike. An apple a day? Phooey…a handcut joint a day keeps the blues away! Save your scraps people, get some chisels and a saw, get your motivation from frank and learn to handcut a joint. Then do one a day. It takes moments, and the joy you’ll get with not only seeing your improvement, but the journey of learning to cut a joint with noting but a piece of steel, a mallet, two hands, a set of eyes and a brain. I love these blogs, frank. Thank you!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 06-22-2007 06:13 AM

Great show Frank. It’s fun to see the progress from a design of a tool to the design of a cut.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#6 posted 06-24-2007 10:52 PM

That’s a neat old tool.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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