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Forum topic by poopiekat posted 03-21-2010 01:14 AM 699 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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poopiekat

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03-21-2010 01:14 AM

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I have no gripe with hand-powered miter boxes, carpenter’s handsaws, and such. However, as I cut dovetail pins and tails freehand with backsaws, I must say something is inherently wrong with the design. I’d like to see a backsaw with the handle rotated to almost horizontal. When I’m cutting dovetails, I like to have the vise and work at chest-height, and often I’m sitting down when I start cutting. Wouldn’t it be SO much more comfortable pushing a saw with the handle almost horizontal?? Working with your arm and wrist twisted in order for your fist to assume an almost vertical position to grip the saw handle is fatiguing, and moreover, not very accurate. Admittedly, this problem is mostly due to my eyesight, but gripping things with a vertical fist is something I’d rather do with a beer stein than my workshop tools. Even my dozuki and other straight-handled saws present the same need for a contortioned arm to operate. Heck, even gangstas hold their weapons in a horizontal plane! Pretend you’re operating a hand-operated miter saw on your bench in front of you as you sit…wouldn’t a horizontal grip be much more comfortable?
Has anyone else ever thought of a horizontal grip on a backsaw?

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#1 posted 03-21-2010 01:53 AM

Never thought about it, but it makes sense.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-21-2010 02:10 AM

never thoght of it but you ever try instead of moveing the saw to the angle of the dovetails move the work? I saw no pun intented a japanese guy who does woodworking do the same thing and it worked for him, sayes all his friends tease him about it. Somewhere here on LJ there’s a post about it if you do a search for roy underhill you should find a link to watch his show it on a show called “japanese planes”. I want to try it myself but first want to get a saw from veritas their new saws are pretty nice rob cosman’s are pretty expensive but the same deal anyway keep us posted?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#3 posted 03-21-2010 02:56 AM

I don’t think sawing side ways will be as good as a horizontal handle.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 03-21-2010 07:58 AM

Do you know someone that works with wood that may be able to make a handle like you describe? Be creative.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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