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One step up from ham fisted?

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 01-22-2014 03:28 AM 592 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 01-22-2014 03:49 AM

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 01-22-2014 05:11 AM

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 01-22-2014 05:33 AM

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 01-22-2014 10:33 AM

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 01-22-2014 02:29 PM

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 01-30-2014 02:28 PM

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 01-30-2014 03:36 PM

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 01-30-2014 03:46 PM

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 02-02-2014 12:28 AM

Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments.

-- Mike, Western New York

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