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How straight should my hand saw be?

I'm new to hand tools woodworking, and started working with a ryoba saw. I wanted to know - to what extent does the straightness of the saw affect the straightness of my cuts? How should I test the ...
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How to sharpen hand saw with grouped teeth

I recently inherited this saw, which needs a sharpen. Before I invest in the (large - the saw is 5tpi) file needed, is it possible to sharpen them? I can foresee at least 2 challenges. First, normally ...
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Cutting perfect 45° by hand

I am trying to cut wooden planks with a 45° to joint them together. For this end I have made this jig for my handsaw. All the angles measured are perfect. I cut very slowly to avoid to much play from ...
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How to prevent sticking and hopping when cutting with a hand saw?

I have tried in the past to make precision cuts using a hand saw and always have issues with the blade sticking or hopping out of the cut. All my saws have been purchased from the local big box store....
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What are some efficient and effective ways to remove rust on old hand saws?

I have quite a few hand saws that I have bought from antique stores, garage sales, and ebay. They all have some amount of rust, ranging from occasional spot rust to full-on rust on the entire saw ...
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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

When I'm using my hand saw to make various cuts, I find it extremely difficult to make a straight cut. Where am I going wrong, what I am missing that the pros seem to have down?
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Best way to reduce the depth of this wooden box with hand tools?

What is the best way to reduce depth of this wooden box using hand tools only (I don't have any woodworking facility, like electric tools)? I would like to remove the area outlined in red. The box is ...
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Hand Saws for Timber Framing

What saws were traditionally used for timber framing cuts in British practice? British-style backsaws don't seem to have cut depths any more than about 4", so how did they cut long tenons?
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Straight cuts in plywood without a circular saw

I'm looking to make some drawer boxes out of plywood, and don't think I have enough space to set up to feel safe using a circular saw (certainly no room for a table saw). Popular opinion seems to be ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

Whats the safety regarding hand tools and dust masks? My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. My assumptions are that using hand planes taking ...
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Identifying 2 strange homemade hand saw features

I recently acquired 2 homemade saws, likely early 20th century, with features I can't quite place for function or aesthetic. Any ideas? 18" saw with an odd bevel cut into the top edge of the ...
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How to make a mitre cut along the width of a board with hand tools

I'd like to cut a miter along the width of a wide board using hand tools. I've searched online and have not found any resources so maybe I'm using incorrect terminology. Say I have a board that is 12 ...
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How to saw wood without the final splitting?

Except for being more careful, are there any tips or tricks for preventing the final splitting when using a handsaw?
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How can I resaw material using only hand tools?

I currently do not own a table saw or a band saw which is what I have seen typically used to resaw wood in half or to smaller dimensions. I would like to half a board to make a small box but only have ...
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Power tool for cutting roof battens

I'm building a lot of primitive shelves out of roof battens. Normally I'd use a handsaw like this for the job: The battens are 2.5m x 50mm x 25mm. What kind of handheld powertool would replace this ...
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How to make bottom face of beefy table leg flat and square with sides

I would like to make a table leg's bottom face flat and square with the sides, using handtools. I have drawn my knife line around the four faces for my desired length, and then proceeded to handsaw ...
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Substituting Walnut for Hickory in a bow saw

I'm planning on building a version of the Gramercy Tools bow saw. According to their research, Hickory is a good substitute for the European Beech wood classically used in such saws, since it is both ...
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Taking apart a pre-assembled desk

I want to buy the desk pictured below: However, I'm pretty sure it won't fit in my sedan, and I'd rather not pay to rent a van, so I'd like to take it apart and then put it back together. It doesn't ...
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Building a Cabin; only un-powered hand tools. Need advice

Recently I had a crazy plan. And I need some advice about how to go about doing it. I wanted to build a small garden shed, more kinda like a cabin actually. So I started drawing it out, and listing ...
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What frame saw can I use to mill small lumber?

I am wanting to do some small milling projects. I have pieces of oak and alligator juniper that are between 6 and 14" across that I would like to try and cut into boards. I know I can build my own ...
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Hand sawing cross or rip

I am a little unclear on some of the nuances of rip vs. crosscut with handsaws. I know a crosscut saw should be used when cutting perpindicular to the grain, and the rip saw when cutting with the ...
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Do rip saws still have a place in the wood shop?

40 years ago when I was first learning to work with wood, there were crosscut and rip saws, each used for their own purpose. As I recall you could use a crosscut saw for either job. A rip saw could ...
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Adding weight to Veritas dovetail saw

I am trying to learn dovetails. My first/second/third show slow improvement but I still have a lot of progress left. The most difficult part for me is starting the cut since the saw tends to want to ...
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Using a coping saw with 1/4" wood sheets

I was trying to make a dollhouse by hand. I bought some ~1/4" thick plywood and a coping saw at a box store. I paid about $15 for the tool. When I got home, I tried cutting out the pattern with the ...
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What makes a hand saw great?

In writing an answer for How do experts make dovetails by hand that fit so well?, I realized that there is much more to say than "get a good saw." I have some old saws that I am trying to refurbish, ...
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Tips for Simple Inlay of Brass into Walnut

I'm wanting to try building a simple clock like (Image credit - www.aliexpress.com) My question is about the brass inlays. From what I've found on the web, the process is drill perfectly circular ...
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What is this tab on this old saw? [duplicate]

I have this beautiful old saw: Ignoring that it is in need of some TLC, can anyone tell me what this tab is on the top? Does it serve a purpose or is it purely decorative?
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

Is there any issue with cutting along the edge as shown in the image in order to change the dimensions to 110 x 19 x 2400? What will the edge look like? Different to if I cut the long edge (2400mm)? ...
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First two backsaws - what to choose/buy?

I'm a beginner, I've recently taken up woodworking as a hobby. I have a hardpoint tenon saw that I'm just not getting on with. It sticks a lot in the (primarily soft) wood I'm working with. I ...
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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?

To give some context: my cheap, £10 tenon saw that I've used for nearly everything for the last 2 or 3 years is showing signs of becoming dull. As it's the usual hardpoint type, I have read that it ...
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How to cut down bifurcated trees on a slope

I sometimes have to cut down some trees, and that is usually not a problem. It is mostly intuitive what the best way to make the cut is. However, there is one type of trees I often struggle to decide ...
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How can I cut veneer with a hand saw and not chip it?

How can I cut veneered wood with a hand saw without splitting the veneer? I'm ending up with awful frayed and rouged edges after cutting.
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I need a critique on my sawing technique

When I am using larger hand saws, like my big rip saw, I have a problem when I pull back. The blade "buckles" and flaps back and forth. As a result pulling the blade back through is harder and the ...
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What kind of a hand saw guide is being used in this video?

Image from Youtube Go to about 1:30 in the video to see the saw guide. I am helping my son build a pinewood derby car, and something like this would be helpful.
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Restore old embossed saw handle?

I've got an old Sandvik handsaw with the "double dragon" embossing, similar to with: (Image swiped from eBay.) Unfortunately these were very shallow stampings, and after all these years mine isn't ...
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Comparison of Western saws and Japanese Saws

I was considering acquiring a Japanese style saw from Lee Valley. I have a small collection of tenon saws and regular saws that would, it seem, already serve the same purposes as most of the ...
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What are the different styles of Japanese Saws

Pretty much just what the title says. I would like to know the different styles of Japanese saws and what each one is designed for. I am aware of Dozuki and Ryoba but I will assume there are others.
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What is the purpose of a saw set?

I do understand what the set is but I suppose I have some questions about its purpose. I was watching a video by Paul Sellers and the focus was sharpening saws. The video was very informative in that ...
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Best way to flatten boards by hand

I'm trying to process 4/4 soft maple rough stock into 1/2" thin boards, ready for use in furniture and I'm having a real hard time getting them flat. Here's my process so far: Crosscut a 18" piece ...
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What is the purpose of a saw nib? [closed]

Saw nibs have been present for hundreds of years. What is their purpose?