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Hand Saws


Summertime Handtool Essentials

Crosscutting some rough Spruce in the summer shop.

  Each and every year, I travel 2500 kilometers to my summer home on Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia. Leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city life, we never make too many plans for our summer vacation. We prefer to let things…


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The Art of Restoration

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  I know many of you reading this have Facebook accounts, and may have already seen this. I also know that if you’re like me, you can’t stand scrolling through the countless pages of spam and adds, hoping to find something worthwhile reading on FB….


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New Frame Saw Blades from Bad Axe

The Sawyer's Bench and Frame Saw

  When I made my first frame saw, I asked Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Tool Works to fashion the blade for it. We went through a few variations during those first few months back in 2011, but eventually settled on the one I used…


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A Sawbench in Calgary

A sawbench in Calgary.

  I received a great letter from Don, in Calgary, Alberta this past week, and thought I’d share it with you. Don recently completed a saw bench, following plans from my book, The Unplugged Woodshop. Great job on the sawbench Don, and thanks for the…


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Don’t Fret, it’s Just a Saw

Fret sawing the interior panels.

  In the last video post, the Good Dr.’s Medicine Chest Part Six, the interior panels were sawn using a Fret Saw. Fret saws, and fret sawing, are one of those mysterious techniques that until you try it, may seem a little daunting. Sure, we’re…


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The Sawyer’s Song

The Sawyer's Bench and the Frame Saw.

  I had a few more questions recently about my Kerfing Plane and Frame Saw designs so, I thought it may be helpful to post another quick note to address them together.   First off, I’d like to say a big ~THANKS~ to the dozens…


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A Few Extra Teeth

A 21-in. Disston filed at  11ppi and a 50 ppi veneer saw.

  If you ask most wood workers what their essential list of hand saws looks like, you’ll usually get an answer of about 5 saws. I’m including myself in that scenario and for the most part, I would completely agree. The first two saws I…


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News from Bad Axe Tool Works

Frame saw, hand sawing, woodworking, hand tools, The Unplugged Woodshop, Tom Fidgen, Made by Hand,

  In November 2011, I began writing and building the furniture projects for my latest book, The Unplugged Woodshop- Hand Crafted Projects for the Home and Workshop. Working with only hand tools, I realized that the process of dimensioning lumber was both cumbersome and wasteful….


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The Path of Least Resistance

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  Hand sawing. In the unplugged shop, hand sawing is the second most practiced skill we use. The first is hand planing. In the last video posted, The Architect’s Table part eleven, you witnessed first hand, just how much sawing can go into a single…


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How to Improve your Handsawing Skills

The sawyer's bench

  Would you like to do more work with hand saws? Does the idea of acquiring and/or using a table or band saw seem unlikely for your budget, shop space or circumstance? Is hand sawing something you struggle with? Can you imagine, breaking down a…


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If You Only Had One?

Disston D-18. This saw belonged to my grand uncle, Johnny Pier

The last video post, begins with ripping stock for the seat slats. I’m ripping the wood so I’m using a rip saw. To be specific, I’m using a Disston D-18, 26-in. rip saw filed 5 tpi (teeth per inch) If I was cross cutting the…


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Travel La Crosse

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My eight year old son has surgery this week- nothing too serious but something I wouldn’t miss for the world. As it turns out, if I was able to travel this week, it would be to La Crosse, Wisconsin. My friend, Mark Harrell at Bad…


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Miter mak’r…

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I love old hand tools.(Hell, I like the new ones too!) But the antiques and vintage lot always seem to have a bit more of a story to tell. Maybe that comes with age? This past summer, my Uncle (Wipper) asked me if I wanted…


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Crosscut saw to Rip wood?

A cross cut saw that rips a 36", 2" thick plank of walnut? Only from Bad Axe Tool Works.

So earlier this week I was working away in the wood shop and dimensioning some big planks of 2″ walnut for the second project in my book. I had just finished cross cutting the 13″ wide behemoth when my son yelled down with some pertinent…


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