|Forum topic by liminalshadow||posted 07-04-2014 04:07 PM||1797 views||1 time favorited||19 replies|
07-04-2014 04:07 PM
I’ve been trying to get started in woodworking for a couple months now. I’ve been reading up online, watching youtube videos, even started grabbing some tools. But I’ve hit a bit of a snag when it comes to Handsaws. Between trying not to spend too much until I know I want to do more, and not really knowing what I’m getting myself into, I’ve ended up with a couple saws that aren’t quite what I need for the projects I have in mind. I think I need some advice.
So, perhaps a good place to start would be to talk about what I think would be required for the projects.Dovetail box, rabbited bottom / top
Other than the box, I intend for the other projects to be in hardwoods. The box could go either way.
As for what I’ve already gotten, I have a couple selections for cross-cutting (A back saw from Woodcraft, a double-sided Japanese saw from harbor freight), and a coping saw that I might be able to use for the dovetails (At least for cutting out the waste. Cutting the sides would be possible but difficult? I think?).
So the biggest hole seems to be rip-cutting. Maybe a rip-filed backsaw for tenons and dovetails. However, I’ve been having a hard time finding good candidates for a beginning ripsaw. From a budget perspective, I’m still trying to find out if this is something I’ll enjoy enough to continue pouring resources into. Are there any good starter candidates for a ripsaw that are below the $50 mark? I’m hesitant to go the e-bay and restore route that I see so often, because of the time it takes to build enough skill to see the effects. Most of what I see in the stores are either cross-filed, or the “three cutting edge” teeth that I can’t quite wrap my head around. Can these hardware store saws be used for rip cutting? I haven’t tried to rip cut with the saws I have, since most of the stuff I’ve read has said that the crosscut teeth are pretty bad for rip cutting, if they’ll do it at all.
TL;DR – I’m trying to find a beginner saw for making rip cuts that won’t break the bank (< $50 if at all possible). I’d prefer not to go the e-bay and restore route, since I’m not confident of the learning curve, and I’m still trying to explore if this is something for me. Suggestions would be appreciated.