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Hand Saws


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

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  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

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  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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Scrub Plane or Rip Saw?

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I’m often asked about using a Scrub plane to remove material in a hurry or when I choose to saw away the waste instead. ” too much to plane and not enough to saw…” Where do you draw the line? How much material can you…


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Bent Laminations and the Path of Least Resistance

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In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side…


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Cross Cuts

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so yeah, the timber… Canadian Salvaged Timber to my own back yard. two cross cuts, no big deal, what? 20 minutes work…make it 35. I wasn’t doing anything anyway. ; ) happy Bang 7 ~ peace out.   Follow @TomFidgen


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THE Dovetail Saw

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If you’ve been reading my blog here you already know the Bad Axe dovetail saws have been in the works for the past year or so and it’s no secret Mark Harrell and I have been fans of each others work for a few years now. If you click through the ‘Hand Saws’ tab over there in the sidebar you’ll find…


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To the Teeth…

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This week I’m shipping saws and receiving saws, some for review and some for wood class work and student aids. I’ve been teaching sawing techniques this week and last, ( thanks again Dave ), reading about saw design through history and into more recent years,…


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When the Bow breaks

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Not so long ago I took apart my bow saw to transport it and when I reassembled it and put tension back on -
SNAP !
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Damn…

always right in the middle of a project.

Well, I better fix it.
It went something like this.


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