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One step up from ham fisted?

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 210 days ago 550 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While learning to hand saw I’ve been somewhat ham fisted as the phrase goes in the past. Saws jamming and bending during my work has slowly decreased over the last year. Tonight while trimming a small piece off a 20” wide board I discovered that my technique has improved so much over that time. Previously I would have broken this sliver multiple times and struggled to start the cut straight again. This was a real moment of achievement for me tonight and hopefully a milestone.

-- Mike, Western New York



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2x4xDoug

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#1 posted 210 days ago

Nice cut! I have a lot of respect for anyone who can hand saw in a straight line.

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davidroberts

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#2 posted 210 days ago

A sawyer is born. My theory is if nature abhors a vacuum then it’s really not to fond of straight lines either. Break on through to the other side. Good job!

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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swirt

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#3 posted 210 days ago

Several steps up from ham fisted. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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WodDawg

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#4 posted 210 days ago

Looks pretty good for a ham fist! Good, better, best, never let it rest, til your good is better, and your better is best!
Bravo!

-- Lynn B. | Indiana | A poor excuse is better than none.

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 210 days ago

I only WISH I could saw a straight line like that by hand!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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mafe

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#6 posted 202 days ago

Congrat, training makes master we say in DK.
Looks elegant.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#7 posted 202 days ago

Nice job, Mike. Congrats on the progress, a very good thing.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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PurpLev

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#8 posted 202 days ago

practice makes perfect!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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mpmitche

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#9 posted 199 days ago

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments.

-- Mike, Western New York

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