Struggling with handsaw crosscuts?

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Forum topic by swirt posted 01-20-2011 10:03 PM 1767 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2011 10:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: handsaw tips

If you are into handsawing, or want to get into it, but are having trouble making accurate crosscuts, “Matt’s Saw Blog” recently posted a very nice set of tips as a recipe for better sawing that is worth reading.
Some of the skills apply to other cuts too, but all apply to crosscuts.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 06:41 AM

I’ve recently started using handsaws more, any info on doing it better is sure welcome. I will have to check out that site.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 07:51 AM

Not about to SELL my table saw yet. (I am way too out of shape !)
Some other tips I find that work:
1.) A saw horse at a comfortable height.
2.) A saw that is sharpened properly.

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 08:35 AM

Hey Swirt,check out The wood-wright shop with Roy Underhill .Good hand tool basics .He will Square you up

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 01:58 PM

Mark, there was an episode of the Woodwright’s shop a couple of weeks ago that featured hand sawing techniques. It was the first in a 2 part series with Christopher Schwarz from Popular Woodworking. It was pretty good.

Dandog, I’d love to go take a class at the woodwright school One of these days.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 10:10 PM

Good stuff. A well made bench hook with a saw guide feature. makes it a whole lot more precise.

Or a miter box works too. I use both.. Miter box for larger pieces.


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#6 posted 02-07-2011 06:16 PM

Here is the episode Woodwright’s Shop sawing episode I mentioned earlier

-- Galootish log blog,

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