tenon saws rip or cross cut

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Forum topic by jmp posted 01-25-2011 10:49 PM 2605 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2011 10:49 PM

I have been using a japanese duzoki saw for hand cutting tenons and whilst it certainly has a narrow kerf I have struggled to cut with the grain and ending up losing a lot of teeth on a large piece of oak. This has set me thinking get a english back saw. I figured that i could still use the duzoki for cutting the shoulders and dovetails and use a tenon saw with a rip cut for deeper sawing with the grain. Does this make sense or would i be better off with a cross cut back saw. I was thinking of a 12inch to cover a wider range of sized joints but welcome advice as to the value of a 10 or 14 inch. I was hoping to keep to just 2 saws, duzoko and tenon back saw to cover most jobs.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 12:38 AM

Cutting tenon cheeks and dovetails with a dozuki is tiresome. The teeth
just aren’t made for ripping. I’ve cut tenons and dovetails with a ryoba
but I don’t like the way the sawdust pulls out over the cut line, requiring
constant brushing away of the dust.

I’ll cut little dovetails in 3/8” stock with a dozuki, but for most bigger
joints I use a shop-made bow saw with a ripping blade. I like it a lot
better than a backsaw, but I’ve never used a fine backsaw set up for
ripping joints. I learned about using the bowsaw to cut joints from
an article by Yeung Chan. The first bowsaw I made I used a butcher-saw
blade I got at a hardware store, refiled the teeth for ripping, and filed
off most of the set on both sides of the blade with a diamond stone.
The saw fits very close in its own kerf so I wax the blade – the advantage
is that once the direction of the cut is established the saw does not
wander and the kerf is as straight as you’d get with a dozuki.

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