Important to know your dominant eye in woodworking?

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Forum topic by kcrandy posted 12-07-2010 05:57 AM 1376 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2010 05:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: japanese saw tools square cuts

Yes, it is. I’m right handed but my dominant (aiming eye) is my left eye. I realized how important this was when playing pool because you should line up your dominant eye over the cue stick and for right handers this is not obvious. I imagine gun folks know all about this, too.

Woodcraft had a nice sale on Japanese saws and I bought one and brought it home and made an experimental cut on a small piece of walnut and it was wonderful. Then I tried to make one of those small miter boxes for small pieces and used maple. First mistake was using the saw on the maple for the guide cut and, well, wrecked the blade (any help in finding replacement blade shark dozuki #01-2610 appreciated. All my web hits turned up empty including the one). May have been the maple, may have been my technique, may have been a combination of both.

But in making the cut I realized I couldn’t make a square cut. It was way off. Oh, I had my right eye centered over the cutting blade instead of my left eye. It reminded me of years ago when I always had trouble using a hand saw. Now, I think, I know part of the answer. And in close work, it is even more difficult to get our left eye over what your right hand is doing.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#1 posted 12-07-2010 07:02 AM

There anyway you can have it sharpened? If the blade isn’t bent they should be able to re joint the teeth and set the set and sharpen it and have it good as new again. It would be a lot cheaper than buying a new one. Just a thought.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 12-07-2010 07:37 AM

First it’s always good practice to use scrap wood until you perfect the tool. I learned that the hard way. Much good wood in the scrap pile. :-) As in shooting it is sometimes best to use both eyes with a little bit of the dominant eye. That takes practice. And you should be able to get the blade sharpened if it’s straight.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#3 posted 12-07-2010 08:08 AM

Japanese saws are designed with the intention of replacing the blade rather than having it sharpened. The blade is designed to be easy to remove from the handle, just by tapping the back, and droping in a replacement. I read somewhere that they do have super premium blades that they can sharpen, and people actually send them to Japan to obtain this service. I don’t know this for sure. Never wrecked one of mine.

I Googled “Shark Dozuki #01-2610” and the first page was filled with sources for replacement blades.
Here’s the first link:

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#4 posted 12-07-2010 09:08 AM

I went blind in my right eye a few years ago and lost 80 percent on my left, a lot of thousand bucks later I seem to see almost right now. I keep bifocal glasses all over the shop, and some times I have to get real close to the work to get a good cut. I use the pull saws all the time, and love them, but it they get dull, just toss them, and pay for another.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 04:29 AM

Thanks to all. Yea, Crank, I did that google, too, and it leads to no replacement blade. I fear I bought a saw that is no longer supported with replacement blades and that’s why it was on sale. live and learn.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 05:03 AM

Here is the replacement blade from Woodcraft.... For what It’s worth this is the one I use, also from Woodcraft, and the replacement blades are a lot cheaper.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 05:09 AM

You’re going to have to learn how to shoot a shotgun from your left shoulder.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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