My Tools #2: Who Needs a Ryobi When You Have a Ryoba?

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Blog entry by Eric posted 02-18-2008 03:11 PM 1066 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just posted a review here on LumberJocks on my new Japanese ryoba saw. Click here to read it. But the picture I took today was so cool I wanted to post it here as well. This is a shot of three boards: the first was cut by my Stanley crosscut saw, the second was cut by my Crown gent’s saw, and the third was cut by my new ryoba. Is there really any comparison? Click on the picture for a more impressive larger view:

Three Saws

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 03:14 PM

Very nice comparison, Eric. There is no doubt which one is giving you the better cut. Have you tried dovetailing with this saw yet?

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 03:27 PM

Yes I have, and that would go under “pro” and “con”. The pro is that the kerf is very fine, and of course clean. The con is that everyone is always taught to leave the lines when you’re hand-cutting dovetails, but I find that this makes for more work sanding/filing later to get the part to fit!

I’m going to try cutting right on the lines next time, or at least on the outer (waste) edge of the line, and see if that makes for a better fit.

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 04:49 PM

what a difference!

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 04:58 PM

That is quite a difference.

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