Handsaws to own?

  • 31 Oct 2011 5:43 PM
    Message # 738585

    Based largely on the videos in class to date, I have a renewed interested in figuring out what selection of handsaws I should invest in.

    Here is the list I have compiled to date:

    1) Crosscut saw for dimensioning - 12~13 tpi

    2) Dovetail saw - sharpened rip cut

    3) Crosscut backsaw - 15~16 tpi

    4) Tenoning Saw - larger backsaw sharpened crosscut, 13~14 tpi

    I am looking for corrections to above or suggestions before I go and start saving for my handsaws. :)

  • 31 Oct 2011 6:02 PM
    Reply # 738595 on 738585
    Anonymous wrote:

    Based largely on the videos in class to date, I have a renewed interested in figuring out what selection of handsaws I should invest in.

    Here is the list I have compiled to date:

    1) Crosscut saw for dimensioning - 12~13 tpi

    2) Dovetail saw - sharpened rip cut

    3) Crosscut backsaw - 15~16 tpi

    4) Tenoning Saw - larger backsaw sharpened crosscut, 13~14 tpi

    I am looking for corrections to above or suggestions before I go and start saving for my handsaws. :)

    Depends on the work you are going to do.  It sounds like you are going to dimension by hand so you will want a big rip handsaw to go along with your crosscut.  You also might want to switch your crosscut tenon saw for a rip filed tenon saw if you ever plan to cut tenons that are deeper than your dovetail saw.  Also, Rob hasn't looked at it, but if your going to put curves into your work you might want to pickup a framesaw/bowsaw as well.

    Cheers
    Jared


  • 31 Oct 2011 9:50 PM
    Reply # 738713 on 738595
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)
    Jared Campbell wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    Based largely on the videos in class to date, I have a renewed interested in figuring out what selection of handsaws I should invest in.

    Here is the list I have compiled to date:

    1) Crosscut saw for dimensioning - 12~13 tpi

    2) Dovetail saw - sharpened rip cut

    3) Crosscut backsaw - 15~16 tpi

    4) Tenoning Saw - larger backsaw sharpened crosscut, 13~14 tpi

    I am looking for corrections to above or suggestions before I go and start saving for my handsaws. :)

    Depends on the work you are going to do.  It sounds like you are going to dimension by hand so you will want a big rip handsaw to go along with your crosscut.  You also might want to switch your crosscut tenon saw for a rip filed tenon saw if you ever plan to cut tenons that are deeper than your dovetail saw.  Also, Rob hasn't looked at it, but if your going to put curves into your work you might want to pickup a framesaw/bowsaw as well.

    Cheers
    Jared



    your tenon saw needs to be a rip as mentioned, I would suggest closer to 12 tpi than 14. the saw is limited by the depth of the gullet, when it fills with saw dust it stops cutting.  10 is normal but i found my part time woodworking students were not able to control it very well.  watch for minimum set, this makes the saw cut clean or ragged.  too little and it will bind.  for dry furniture woods i like .002 per side, tracks beautifully!  (cuts straight)

    cheers

    rob

  • 02 Nov 2011 1:31 PM
    Reply # 740295 on 738713
    ROB COSMAN wrote:
    Jared Campbell wrote:
    Anonymous wrote:

    Based largely on the videos in class to date, I have a renewed interested in figuring out what selection of handsaws I should invest in.

    Here is the list I have compiled to date:

    1) Crosscut saw for dimensioning - 12~13 tpi

    2) Dovetail saw - sharpened rip cut

    3) Crosscut backsaw - 15~16 tpi

    4) Tenoning Saw - larger backsaw sharpened crosscut, 13~14 tpi

    I am looking for corrections to above or suggestions before I go and start saving for my handsaws. :)

    Depends on the work you are going to do.  It sounds like you are going to dimension by hand so you will want a big rip handsaw to go along with your crosscut.  You also might want to switch your crosscut tenon saw for a rip filed tenon saw if you ever plan to cut tenons that are deeper than your dovetail saw.  Also, Rob hasn't looked at it, but if your going to put curves into your work you might want to pickup a framesaw/bowsaw as well.

    Cheers
    Jared



    your tenon saw needs to be a rip as mentioned, I would suggest closer to 12 tpi than 14. the saw is limited by the depth of the gullet, when it fills with saw dust it stops cutting.  10 is normal but i found my part time woodworking students were not able to control it very well.  watch for minimum set, this makes the saw cut clean or ragged.  too little and it will bind.  for dry furniture woods i like .002 per side, tracks beautifully!  (cuts straight)

    cheers

    rob


    Great feedback ... thanks guys!
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