Ripping a board with a (Japanese) pull saw?

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Forum topic by Brett posted 10-13-2011 09:19 PM 1813 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-13-2011 09:19 PM

How well do pull saws (like Japanese ryobas) rip long boards? With a western push saw, I would lay a board across a couple saw benches and saw at a 45-degree angle. In this configuration, the saw is chiseling tiny wood chips “away” from the cut line. However, if I used a pull saw at the same 45-degree angle, the saw would be chiseling wood chips “into” the cut line. To achieve the same cutting angle and action with a pull saw, I would have to be sawing from under the board, not above it. Does this difference in saw geometry cause any problems, or does the thin kerf and tooth geometry of the pull saw usually overcome this?

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 09:40 PM

Shouldn’t be a problem at all. Its got a thin enough kerf that the angle is not as much if any of a factor.. Thats my opinion at least.

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#2 posted 10-14-2011 08:09 AM

I’ve been wondering more or less the same thing.

I agree with Dan that the angle at which the saw attacks the wood fibres doesn’t matter much.

But the problem with sawing upwards “towards” yourself is that you have to work against gravity on the cut stroke. On the other hand, I guess it does allow you to use the more powerful muscles in your back. It just feels odd.

Is this the correct method for ripping long boards with a Japanese saw (i.e. from “above”)?

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