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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 11-03-2013 10:34 PM 906 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2013 10:34 PM

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I want to buy a saw for joinery. Chris Schwarz quasi-endorses the idea that “you can cut any joint you want with a 16” panel saw” – provided it has little or no set.

I’d like to give it a try. Are there any common vintage models that match that description?

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 11:45 PM

I am regularly on the hunt for old tools. In the north west I can say for every 30 or so handsaws I see I see 1 panel saw and it is usually not worth saving. I would recommend buying the first one you see with a good handle and then buying the next normal size saw and cut it down using the panel saw blade as a template.

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 06:00 PM

I didn’t read Schwarz endorsing the idea, quasi or otherwise, just tossing it out there for discussion; much as you are doing. The answers to questions posed in the article are fairly obvious. If you depend on hand saws for your livelihood, who wants to own just one. Better to have specialized saws that are appropriately sized so they don’t take up excess space and the back piece allows a thinner blade

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 06:14 PM

Agree with Rick. The comments to that article pretty much explain in detail why different saws are a good idea. But get the saws you need as you find them at garage sales, flea markets, etc. Panel saws in the 16-24” range are definitely out there if you want to try that, but don’t turn down a decent backsaw if you find one first.

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 07:11 PM

To add to Rick’s comment, there is the “old saw” that says ”you can never have enough tools”!

So get the tools that will help you do te best job for the task at hand

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 11-08-2013 10:37 PM

to agree with Schwarz, you can cut almost any joint with a chainsaw. Ok, a little extreme example, but its not like hand planes where you can collect a 100 different planes for different uses. A half a dozen decent saws and your pretty much set.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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