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initial impression very good

initial impression very good

03-31-2012 10:18 PM by John | 4 comments »

I am making the transition to more handwork and want to master (or come close to it) hand cut dovetails. Since I recently fell in love with my Japanese Ryoba that’s been collecting dust for years (here’s a great review on it http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/129 ), I unilaterally decided to turn Japanese … I mean pull it … the saw that is… errr, nevermind. Lee Valley has this saw for a lower price than replacement blades on their other saws, I thought it looked l...

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For a cheap box store hand saw I was very surprised at how well it cut

For a cheap box store hand saw I was very surprised at how well it cut

03-14-2012 07:12 PM by Dan | 7 comments »

I recently picked up a truck full of reclaimed barn wood that needed to be cleaned up and planed. I had a lot of thick boards and some long 10ft boards that were just to big or long to cut comfortably with my RAS. I figured it would be quickest and easiest to cut them with a handsaw. I was using one of my vintage Disston handsaws to do this until I hit a nail which really messed up my saw. Not wanting to risk damaging another one of my vintage saws I decided to just buy one of those new cheap...

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Pax 22" Handsaw (Rip, 4.5 TPI).

Pax 22" Handsaw (Rip, 4.5 TPI).

01-27-2012 03:22 PM 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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Cosman Dovetail Saw a cut above

Cosman Dovetail Saw a cut above

12-25-2011 12:17 AM by Steve Rathke | 3 comments »

I recently purchased a Rob Cosman dovetail saw at my local Woodcraft, I had the choice between an English import, Lee valley and the Cosman saws. The Lee valley was very lightweight and didn’t seem balanced. The English import was heavier than the Lee Valley and had the 2 tooth pattern ( a start zone is 20 tpi at tip followed by 15 tpi the remaining length) nice saw. The Cosman Saw was as heavy but very well balanced – A real cut above the other saws I had seen. The Cosman also...

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Awesome saw

Awesome saw

12-08-2011 05:35 PM 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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Quality of the past is long gone.

Quality of the past is long gone.

10-04-2011 06:46 PM 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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Very nice saw

Very nice saw

08-02-2011 02:16 PM by funchuck | 4 comments »

I was reluctant to buy this saw because the reviews online did not seem too positive. The main complaint was the handle, which was said to be uncomfortable. But, I decided to buy it anyways because I didn’t think I’d use this saw as much as my smaller saws. When I received the saw, the handle felt much better than I expected. In fact, I think it was comfortable. The handle is not as nice as the Veritas saws I have though, so I knocked off 1 star for that. I ripped some p...

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survival-shotgun-saw

survival-shotgun-saw

07-28-2011 12:25 AM by gpastor | 14 comments »

survival-shotgun-sawArming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgunby A Manly Guest Contributor on July 11, 2011 · http://artofmanliness.com/2011/07/11/how-to-make-a-survival-shotgun/

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An excellent guide - even for a beginner

An excellent guide - even for a beginner

07-26-2011 09:06 PM by Jon Spelbring | 2 comments »

So, do you want to play in the yard with the big kids? Impress The Schwarz? Follow in the footsteps of St. Roy, or just be able to actually use that saw that grandpa left you? Then I would recommend this DVD highly. As a disclaimer, I’m no saw expert, and in fact, apart from my trusty dovetail saw, I haven’t had that much experience with other hand (panel) saws. I’ve never sharpened a saw before. So, look for a blog entry next week on how my first sharpening went. R...

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Zona Razor Saws - Complete Set from 14 to 52 TPI plus 4-in-1 and Alum. Miter Set

Zona Razor Saws - Complete Set from 14 to 52 TPI plus 4-in-1 and Alum. Miter Set

07-08-2011 09:13 AM by David Grimes | 8 comments »

I got the 8” dovetail saw first. I liked it, so got the 4-in-1 and the Deluxe Saw and Miter set next. Again, I was impressed. so much so that I recently purchased the rest of them from 14 TPI to 52 TPI. I should be set for awhile on small razor saws. These feel good to hold and use in my chub hands. They are very sharp, cut quickly and extremely cleanly. They are pretty much disposable (the blades can’t be replaced), but I am certain they will last me and my little projects ...

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