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Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

Lee Valley’s Veritas Dovetail Saw Guide System.

1518 days ago by Gord Graff | 28 comments »

.........................”perfect fitting hand cut dovetails in a matter of minutes without the learning curve”. Veritas® 1:6 Guide with Saw Are you intimated by hand cut dovetail joinery? Have you avoided incorporating dovetail joinery into your woodworking because you feel that the learning curve for hand cut dovetails in far too steep and you don’t want to commit to complicated and expensive router jigs? Let me assure you that your fears are no longer warranted. Le...

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The Ooga Japanese rip saw

The Ooga Japanese rip saw

1201 days ago by llwynog | 21 comments »

Japanese handsaws are quite popular nowadays so I thought I’d introduce those who may not be familiar, to a saw which I was offered last year.It is an ooga saw (?? in Japanese, pronounced Oh-ga, it means literally “big saw”)This saw was designed to rip logs into planks and, just like the western pit saw, has seen its use being reduced to almost nothing during the 20th century. It was the tool of choice from the 15th century to about 1950. The Ooga saw is large and hea...

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Stanley FatMax 17-202 14-Inch Back Saw

Stanley FatMax 17-202 14-Inch Back Saw

133 days ago by Joe Lyddon | 19 comments »

Fat Max Fine Finish Back Saw 17-202 14” 13 tpi / 14 pts Another great handsaw! A disposable saw as with the other saw I recently reviewed… It cuts everything like BUTTER! I love it… I’m sure you will like it if you try it. It’s less than $10 too!

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Very Nice Dovetail Saw

Very Nice Dovetail Saw

2404 days ago by Mike Lingenfelter | 16 comments »

I love the feel of this saw. The grip is comfortable in my large hand. The saw has a nice “heavy” feel to it. The saw cuts straight and true. It has a rip tooth configuration, with a narrow set. The narrow set helps the saw cut straight, once your cut is started. Once I figured out how to start my cuts, with a light touch push stroke, cutting became very easy. Although, I still have some work to do on my dovetail joints :). www.lie-nielsen.com

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Veritas dovetail saw (14 TPI rip)

Veritas dovetail saw (14 TPI rip)

693 days ago by Purrmaster | 16 comments »

I’ve had this saw for a few months now. I picked it up at Woodcraft after bashing my head against the wall with some other saws that were dubbed dovetail saws. The saw I am talking about specifically is the 14 teeth per inch saw with a rip cutting profile. The bottom line is: This is a great saw. It cuts smoothly and cleanly. And quickly. It’s easier to saw to a line with this saw than any other saw I’ve used. The teeth are sharp and set correctly. It’s a ...

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Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

1254 days ago by Bertha | 16 comments »

About a week ago, a fellow Lumberjock (Loren) directed me to a handmade bowsaw available on Ebay Stores. http://myworld.ebay.com/cmehandworksinc I ordered the 14” maple variety for $62.00 including shipping, which I thought was quite reasonable. It arrived well-package, disassembled in a long shipping tube, and came with detailed re-assembly instructions. I found the unfinished bow to be of excellent craftsmanship and the pieces fit with high tolerance. It is an ...

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Pleasantly Surprised -or- The Abuse is Over

Pleasantly Surprised -or- The Abuse is Over

2347 days ago by DannyBoy | 15 comments »

For years I suffered under the oppression of a hard backed miter box saw. I hated the fact that one cut took what seemed like hours and usually resulted in my arm feeling like a loose rubber band. The years that I had spent with my hard backed saw abusing me had caused me to grow so fond of it. It only hurt me because it loved me. So, when I saw this saw (love that line) at my local Sears I was all flushed and almost ashamed to consider taking into the sanctity of my hard back saw and I...

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Multi tool Multi Problems

Multi tool Multi Problems

1194 days ago by Chipy | 15 comments »

I bought this tool to cut jams while installing some hardwood floors.Not much good to say about this tool.For one thing the blade will not stay tight I had to re tighten it more times than i can count.It is under powered, won’t even continue cutting through soft pine casings.The exhaust is in a ridiculous place it is so close to the grip that you burn your hand while starving the motor of cooling! $90 HA! took it back the same day no second thoughts about this one!!!!! If I could put ...

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This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

This Japanese Saw "Pulls" Its Weight

2377 days ago by Eric | 14 comments »

I just got my very first Japanese handsaw the other day, and have really enjoyed breaking it in. I thought I’d just give you this review via some bullet points. Just know that my handsaw experience to date is a cheap Stanley crosscut saw (like any guy would own) and a Crown gent’s saw. Pros: Because the saw cuts on the pull stroke, I found it extremely easy to start a cut with zero downward pressure. The saw cuts fast and does not require a lot of elbow grease to keep it go...

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Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

1551 days ago by wch | 14 comments »

This is a Japanese-style pull saw, but with a nontraditional design: it has a western-style handle, and a plastic reinforcing spine. It’s precise, has a very fine kerf (0.017”) and tracks straight, thanks to the spine. I find that it’s easier to cut straight with this saw, compared to other Japanese saws that I’ve used which don’t have a spine. I first found out about this saw from a post on the Popular Woodworking blog. This saw is quite inexpensive (about $2...

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