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Pax 22" Handsaw (Rip, 4.5 TPI).

Pax 22" Handsaw (Rip, 4.5 TPI).

909 days ago by khamilton | 5 comments »

I just picked up this saw this week. I needed a saw to resaw some oak for a toybox i’m building. I dont have a basis for comparison other than the canadian tire special 14” saw i tried using first (should have known better), but i’m happy with this purchase and after using it for a couple days, i dont really see any areas that need improvement to justify a more expensive saw (this was 94.00 CDN). I was surprised to see how quickly this cut. the first cut wasnt so strai...

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Awesome saw

Awesome saw

959 days ago by funchuck | 7 comments »

When I first got this saw, my first impression was just how beautiful it was. It just looks so good! It’s also very big, but also well balanced. The handle is very comfortable and it cuts very well. I was worried about the thin saw plate, but after using it, I think it is a big advantage because it seems to cut much easier. I also have 2 Veritas saws (the dovetail and x-cut carcass), a Pax saw (the rip panel saw) and a japanese pull saw from the home center (which is actually pre...

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Premium Saws Indeed

Premium Saws Indeed

1752 days ago by taylodr | 8 comments »

So when I first saw the Veritas Dovetail saw and it’s price – I wanted it. I endlessly searched everywhere on the internet for reviews and came up with just a few. Everywhere said “They get great reviews, but I’m not sure…” We I was sold, I wanted to try it out. I never bought it. I said if they had more than one, a matched set or something, that I would get one. Well, they do now. I figured for a little more than the price of one nice doveta...

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Knew Concepts 5" Birdcage Titanium Fret Saw - What a great saw!!!

Knew Concepts 5" Birdcage Titanium Fret Saw - What a great saw!!!

417 days ago by Cecil Rogers | 12 comments »

Cutting dovetails by hand has its moments of tedium. Getting rid of the bulk of the waste from the pins and tails is one of them. So, I always try to find a way to speed that up. Enter the small saws… First, I tried a coping saw. It was a hand-me-down, and I’ll never discard it because of whom, not what, it represented. But, the simple truth is that it was horrible at removing bulk waste from dovetails. After the coping saw, I stepped up to an Olson adjustable frame saw. ...

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Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

Pull saw with western handle, excellent value

1521 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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Tool of last Resort

Tool of last Resort

1970 days ago by littlecope | 3 comments »

What’s so special about a saw? I was moved to write this last week when i had occasion to use this baby again, my “tool of last resort”. I wanted to change the orientation of tenons on my current project and was dreaming up all of these sophisticated set-ups, involving V-blocks and clamps, when it occurred to me to just cut the things using this saw! And, as always when I use it, I wonder why this tool isn’t on my front line of attack. It cuts like a dream! When I boug...

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Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

Any sweeter and I woulda had to go to the dentist..

1499 days ago by ars | 10 comments »

For the past several months I’ve been on somewhat of a handtool kick, with a focus on DTs. Like most people I started with a Japanese pull saw, because it was cheaper. I just couldn’t get comfortable with the straight handle and also don’t like cutting on the pull stroke, bottom line was I wanted a western saw. Anyways I went to my local Woodcraft to pick up a couple unrelated items and I asked one of the employee’s if they could order me one of those new $80 Ver...

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Stanley Flush Cut Saw (Dovetail Saw)

Stanley Flush Cut Saw (Dovetail Saw)

2374 days ago by Zuki | 4 comments »

Website Link I bought this saw about a year ago as I needed a saw to flush cut plugs that I was using to hide countersunk screws. I was walking through Canadian Tire and saw this baby for about $14. The details – from Stanley • Flexible blade cuts plugs or dowels flush • 23-point blade cuts quickly and cleanly on the pull stroke • Double sided blade for convenient cutting to the left or right • Contoured handle is comfortable, provides maximum control • Excellen...

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Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

Wonderful Hand Made Bowsaw available from Ebay Stores

1225 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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Quality of the past is long gone.

Quality of the past is long gone.

1024 days ago by Lotidus | 12 comments »

I have noticed that more often the brand names of tool I have trusted over the years have slacked on the quality they produce. In particular the Stanley FatMax coping saw. I had extreme faith in this tool at first mostly because of the Stanley name. I have owned the tool for about a year and used at most four to five times so it was in relatively new condition. I was using the tool to cut out a curved section on a chair leg. The stock was about 2” thick. I got through the first two leg...

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