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Offline JCKelly

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Woodworking Hand saw
« on: August 22, 2017, 10:54:07 PM »
An Englishman named Paul Sellers has a fine book and a series of blogs on the use of various handtools - planes, scrapers, &c. I'd say he's the early 20th century version of that early 19th century guy on PBS' Woodworker series.
If you inlet your sliding wood patchbox lid with a milling machine you will NOT find this of interest.
Here is how to sharpen a woodworking handsaw. As I have a couple of Grampa's that have become dull, it is of interest to me.

https://paulsellers.com/2016/04/28348/

Offline mfharper

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Re: Woodworking Hand saw
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2017, 01:42:11 PM »
I've been following Paul Sellers for a good while. He has lots of stuff posted up on YouTube now as well. Great information there on sharpening chisels too.

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Re: Woodworking Hand saw
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2017, 04:17:28 PM »
Mr Sellers has a series of videos showing sharpening and selection of spokeshaves. These have opened up a whole new direction for me in shaping the whole front end on rifles/ fowlers. A sharp spokeshave removes thin ribbons of wood from the curliest of maple and splintery walnut leaving a smooth surface. It is faster and does less damage to the wood than rasps and files.
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Offline WadePatton

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Re: Woodworking Hand saw
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2018, 07:30:33 AM »
Me too as well. Paul has taught me lots.

I built the workbench as he did (older series)-the one he did out in the yard.  Will use same techniques for any next one too.  Simple, solid, low materials cost, yet not too difficult to disassemble for moving.

I've been following Paul Sellers for a good while. He has lots of stuff posted up on YouTube now as well. Great information there on sharpening chisels too.
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Offline Pukka Bundook

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Re: Woodworking Hand saw
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 01:44:41 AM »
An old friend back home, (Joiner and cabinet maker) always maintained the best hand saw was a Henry Disston D8.   Made in the USA.  :-)
He was a joiner in the days when if you wanted sash windows, you ripped the wood down and planed it before you started.

Ken Roberts. a very fine man.

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Re: Woodworking Hand saw
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 05:55:32 PM »
An old friend back home, (Joiner and cabinet maker) always maintained the best hand saw was a Henry Disston D8.   Made in the USA.  :-)
He was a joiner in the days when if you wanted sash windows, you ripped the wood down and planed it before you started.

Ken Roberts. a very fine man.

Even the Disstons need setting and keeping sharp.  Paul Sellers teaches all that. Even how to set teeth without a setting device. This sharpening and truing/set, methinks, is the most important aspect of hand-saw use, same as chisels and planes and well, anything hand-powered.  It's just that most folks think they know how to sharpen a plane iron or chisel (and plenty can).  Saws and drills are a bit more complicated, but just as important for satisfactory work.

I sharpened an auger in the field one day as I happened into the work (holes in a post) after one hole had been drilled.  As the fresh person, I took over and looked at the bit-woefully dull.  Having no proper file, I pressed a chainsaw file into service and cleaned up the leading edges as best I could.  Then drilled the hole without much thought about it as the bit worked well-enough. It might have taken a minute or so at the most.

I then looked up and there stood two folks with jaws on the ground (full agape). :o ???

AT that point they commented about the first hole taking half-an-hour to drill.    ::)

It was a Kodak moment for sharp tools, no matter the job.   8)

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