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Ron Aylor

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08-22-2016 02:23 PM

Topic tags/keywords: hand saws

How many hand saws do you really use? I don’t mean collect and have on display; but really use?

I use eleven:

tenon saw
back saw
small panel saw
large panel saw
fret saw
coping saw
dovetail saw
crosscut saw
small rip saw
large rip saw
turning frame saw (see profile photo)

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#1 posted 08-22-2016 02:31 PM

Coping Saw
Dovetail (gents) saw
Tenon Saw

Occasionally a flush cut saw and a hacksaw a lot but that’s for metal so I won’t count it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 08-22-2016 02:40 PM

coping saw
dovetail saw
small (10in) tenon saw
medium (14in) tenon saw
12in crosscut backsaw (usually used in the miter box for small parts)
20in miter box backsaw (for the Stanley 150 miter box)
crosscut saw

Hoping/planning to expand to a few more as I get more proficient with hand saws and get them sharpened. Those include:

26in miter box saw (for a Stanley 246 miter box) The saw is ready, the miter box is not.
crosscut panel saw
rip panel saw
coarse rip saw for softwoods
rip saw for hardwoods

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 02:45 PM

Don’t own any handsaws . . .


-- Madmark -

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 08-22-2016 02:47 PM

Occasionally a flush cut saw and a hacksaw a lot but that s for metal so I won t count it.

- HokieKen

Yeah, I bought a flush cut saw about a year ago; haven’t used it, yet! I prefer a chisel. Therfore the flush cut hangs in the cabinet with my seldom used hacksaw!

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 08-22-2016 02:50 PM

Don t own any handsaws . . .


- MadMark

MadMark … how do you sleep at night???

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#6 posted 08-22-2016 02:52 PM

For saws I use on a regular basis in my day to day workflow:
  • Fret saw
  • Coping saw,
  • Large rip hand saw (28”)
  • Small rip panel saw (18”)
  • Large x-cut hand saw (24”)
  • Large rip tenon saw (18”)
  • Medium rip tenon saw (14”)
  • Medium x-cut tenon saw (12”)
  • Dovetail saw (10”)
  • I’ve also got 3 miter saws (pair of Stanley’s and one Lake Side). I use one frequently, the other two infrequently
  • Big box store Irwin Marathon saw (rough work like treated wood, 2×4’s, ‘around the house’ use)

I do also have several others, but those are the main ones I use 95% of the time

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 08-22-2016 03:30 PM

mitre saws – one Langdon and one Stanley – 28”
Panel saws – one rip one crosscut
Dove tail saws – 3 of different teeth (depends upon the wood)
Tenon saws – 2 of them – different sizes

Keep a crosscut (18”) in the car for the HD runs

Use them all the time.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 08-22-2016 03:33 PM

1 coping…..... I use it in my mini aluminum miter box …..that’s it rest is all power


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#9 posted 08-22-2016 03:39 PM

D12 – 26” xcut
D8 – 26” rip #7 – 20” rip panel #7 – 20” xcut panel
8” dovetail
10” dovetail
12” carcass saw – rip and xcut
14” tenon saw – rip and x cut
20” miter box saw

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#10 posted 08-22-2016 04:06 PM

I have three small panel saws that get used, a ‘bench saw’, six larger panel saws of various X-Cut and RIP configs, a Geo. Bishop Patent, three miterbox saws of different sizes, a tenon saw and three different backsaws of different sizes / toothcounts. Oh, and a couple of coping saws (different toothcounts).

That’s all (I think).

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#11 posted 08-22-2016 05:43 PM

I use 5 right now, would like to add at least two more.
I use a
PAX cross cut and PAX rip panel saws
A quite modern Disston tenon saw
A flush cut saw
A turning saw built from the grammercy kit.

I’m working on a dovetail saw and a carcass saw right now. handles are made just need to get some steel.

-- James

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#12 posted 08-23-2016 01:43 AM

Don t own any handsaws . . .


- MadMark

MadMark … how do you sleep at night???

- Ron Aylor


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 08-23-2016 02:22 AM

Panel saws – one rip and one crosscut
Dovetail saws – 3
Tenon saws – 2
Nobex Miter box saw – 3 blades

-- Creating less fire wood every day

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Rick Dennington

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#14 posted 08-23-2016 04:18 AM

I don’t use hand saws….too hard on my bad back….That’s why I have 2 table saws, and a chop saw….and a bandsaw…..!! Them handsaws require manual labor, and I don’t do manual labor… that..!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#15 posted 08-23-2016 04:33 AM

Don t own any handsaws . . .


- MadMark

MadMark … how do you sleep at night???

- Ron Aylor


- woodbutcherbynight

He has the precision G0715 with the incra -1,000,000 fence

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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