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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. While it is now fairly widely known that the finer dusts are the most hazardous (as produced primarily by ...
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How can I resaw material using only hand tools?

Which tool would be best to accomplish this Of the saws you list I think the pull saw is the best choice, in fact while it's theoretically possible to do it with one or two of the others doing it ...
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How can I cut veneer with a hand saw and not chip it?

With a handsaw, one trick is to score through the veneer with a straightedge and sharp knife. Then use a finely-toothed blade, and let the blade do the work rather than trying to force it into the ...
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Building a Cabin; only un-powered hand tools. Need advice

What you're talking about is timber-frame construction, and you're on the right track. I read somewhere it is best to use fairly fresh cut trees for this, to make the hewing easier. Yup. Green wood ...
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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

Careful measuring and marking Stop your work moving by using a vice or bench-hook Use a sharp saw Make sure you are comfortable and have room to work Dont rush Practice
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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?

I understand the trade-off is that the re-sharpenable kind will be made of softer steel and so will need to be sharpened several times in the lifetime of one "disposable" saw. Revise "several times" ...
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How long does it take to sharpen a saw blade?

For a saw that has not been abused (ie missing teeth or other non standard use problems) you will only need to run the file across the teeth several times per tooth to restore the edge and points. ...
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Tips for Simple Inlay of Brass into Walnut

First question about this is does brass sand away with regular sandpaper (say 120 grit) or does it require something special? Yes it does but you'll run into a big issue with metallic particles ...
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How to make a mitre cut along the width of a board with hand tools

You can freehand the cut with a hand saw. Start at one corner, carefully lining up the saw with your 45° angle mark, then slowly work into the cut. You'll want to cut primarily along the edge of the ...
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How to make bottom face of beefy table leg flat and square with sides

It looks to me like you've got about a 1mm of wood to remove. Hand sanding is going to take forever to remove that much wood. Clamp a piece of end-grain to the back face of the leg, and then use ...
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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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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

What will the edge look like? It'll look like a sawn face usually looks, based on the wood type (the original cut of the board as well as the species) and the type of saw used. The second point is ...
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Taking apart a pre-assembled desk

This will almost certainly have come flat packed so it will be held together with those metal pegs and flat circular clamp things. I forget what you call them. If you've ever put together and Ikea ...
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Straight cuts in plywood without a circular saw

Remember that every sheet of plywood should have two good long edges, two good short edges AND possibly four square corners1. Use this to your advantage if the factory edges are in good condition; and ...
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Cutting dressed pine to make it narrower

this is in response to the question clarified in the OP's comment: it's hard to know what "dressed" means without seeing it, but it most likely means machine planed and/or jointed and/or sanded to ...
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How straight should my hand saw be?

Hand saws do have to be straight for them to work right. While you can use a saw which has a bend at a certain point, or a slight bow along most or all of its length (both flaws not uncommonly seen in ...
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When using a hand saw, how do I cut a straight line?

You have to draw with a ruler on the wood. Next you need to make a little mark on the wood, on the line with your saw and then after that you need to saw on the mark.
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What frame saw can I use to mill small lumber?

What you don't see is that the "blade in the middle" frame saw is nicely balanced and thus easier to keep on track. This form factor (stick in the middle, blade on one side) is more often used for ...
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What frame saw can I use to mill small lumber?

The bow saw pictured is a type of frame saw; other frame saws may have a rectangular frame all the way around the outside as you mentioned in a comment. Will [a commercially-produced bow saw] work ...
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Hand Saws for Timber Framing

In the British tradition, such work would be done with a wooden bow saw (also called a buck saw). A nice feature of such a saw is the direction of the cut is nearly independent of where the handle is ...
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Hand sawing cross or rip

But what if you are now cutting a dovetail slot (so the saw is now tilted 45 or so degrees). That's still a cross cut because you're sawing at 90° to the long grain. It's cutting actual dovetails ...
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Power tool for cutting roof battens

You'll want a mitre saw. Or possibly even a cordless jigsaw would do the job
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How to make a mitre cut along the width of a board with hand tools

To expand slightly on FreeMan's answer: You can free chisel it - a wide chisel and a mallet with also work. Extras - Generally, sawing and a plane is the quickest for a large board, and chisel ...
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How to saw wood without the final splitting?

The simplest is simply to put some masking tape on the exit area. This will (more or less) hold the wood fibers in place and prevent the saw teeth from splitting them off the body of the wood. ...
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Cutting perfect 45° by hand

The suggested general approach for handtools is not to expect perfection with the first step. For the specific need of a 45 degree angle you'd want a shooting board for a hand plane in a similar vein ...
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Substituting Walnut for Hickory in a bow saw

Walnut will perform very well and look great the whole time. The difference in hardness should make no relevant difference in this application. Walnut works like a hard cheddar but works like a ...
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What is this tab on this old saw?

That is the nib. Bizarrely nobody knows what they're for, in fact they might not be for anything really but just a decorative feature. There are some theories however..... more than one of which might ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

Following the safety instructions never hurt anyone. I mean "general woodworking safety instructions". Some exotic woods are dangerous for human health, some are highly allergic. But you ...
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