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10-24-2013 03:31 PM

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I just finished making a Limbert style tablourette. The legs had to be rip cut very acurately because they could not be hand planed afterwards only scraped. I yad to use a cross cut dozuki because it was the only saw I had that didn’t have a back. It was a painstaking process to say the least.

Do any of you have suggestions for a no back or half back rip saw of decent quality?

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 03:42 PM

Very nice table. I like the robust feel, and heavy keyed tenons.

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 04:45 PM

Any old Disston D-8 or #7, filed to rip should do the trick.

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 04:48 PM

Make a bow saw. You can fit band saw stock to it though
the hook teeth on some band saw blades are too aggressive
and will start and rip better in a bow saw if filed back a little.

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#4 posted 10-24-2013 06:45 PM

I don’t see why a conventional rip hand saw wouldn’t work. I might also suggest a spokeshave and an ordinary card scraper to smooth the sides if the concave angle is the reason you can’t use a hand plane.

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 07:34 PM

i 2nd Loren. If you are not a toolmaker get one of these:
Putsch makes nice ones as well. It appears to not be so common in the us. And they does seem large and difficult to control. In reality they are light and really prezice.

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#6 posted 10-25-2013 01:23 AM

Really sweet table. What are your plans for the finish. Ill have to throw my two cents in about a saw. Mitsukawa makes a narrow ryoba saw that would work well. I say this only because you used a Japanese saw to do this work so you are obviously comfortable using these tools.
I had one of these saws and loved it. It was a great saw until loaning it to one of my fellow students at school. It came back to me with a large shark bite looking section missing so he bought it from me but I fully intend to get another one.
This saw is not expensive either. In fact, its probably one of his cheapest saws but it can be resharpened, if you dare to try.
Again, really like the table, it looks great!

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#7 posted 10-25-2013 01:40 AM

Thanks Bill. I found a hardwood ryoba by Mitsukawa for a little under 100 that looks promising. As for fin8shing it. I like Old masters stain and lacquer. The lacquer is pretty noxious stuff, but it leaves a strong yet unassuming finish that looks good on quartersawn oak.

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#8 posted 10-25-2013 01:57 AM

You can use a kataba, it’s a backless pullsaw that comes in rip or crosscut configurations-available from Hida Tools, Japan Woodworker, and other stores. I can’t imagine using a dozuki to rip it with. I really like the design of your tablourette, simple with a nice presence.

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 09:08 PM

Nice table.

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 09:09 PM

Nice table.

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 09:17 PM

Very nice craftsmanship there buddy! Looks sturdy!

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