Woodworkers Hand Tools - An Essential Guide by Rick Peters

By Rick Peters

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Use a light grip on the saw and let it do the work (bottom photo). If you're using a saw that's sharpened as a crosscut to rip (such as when cutting the cheeks of a tenon), you'll get better results if you stop often to clean out the kerf and the saw teeth. GENT'S SAW A gent's saw (also referred to as a dovetail, blitz, or slotting saw) is a special type of back saw designed for extremely fine work (top photo). A further refinement of this saw is k n o w n as an offset dovetail saw (inset). This type of saw features an offset handle and blade that can be reversed to make it easy to saw close to a surface, such as when trimming a through tenon.

His saws were (and still are) regarded as some of the best ever made: high-quality steel, easy to sharpen, and hold a keen edge. A Disston saw was meant to last a lifetime—and usually did. The craft of fine handsaws has almost disappeared, certainly in mass retail. Go out and try to buy a quality rip saw, as I did just recently. After visiting five hardware stores, I came up empty. Unfortunately the only handsaw in many shops now is a worn-out crosscut saw. Why? Progress, of a sort: Most sawing operations have been taken over by power tools.

W h e t h e r your plane is a jack, fore, or jointer. JACK AND JOINTER PLANES Traditionally, a craftsman's jack plane and jointer plane were his bread and butter. With these two planes, he could take a rough-sawn board and turn it into a straight board, smoothly surfaced on all four sides. The edges would be perpendicular to the faces, so the boards could easily be joined together to make larger panels. Although the electric jointer and planer have taken over these tasks in the m o d e r n shop, jack and jointer planes are still incredibly useful in the shop for surfacing a panel, jointing edges, and all-around smoothing.

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