Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sawing Skills Followup

It seems like saws follow me home sometimes.
I really enjoy doing these followup posts to the workshops at the Landmarks Preservations Resource Center. Everyone that attended the Sawing Skills workshop wowed me with their attentiveness, interest, questions and effort. I'm going to try to add some stuff here that I think you all will find useful and interesting.

First off, there was a good deal of interest in the saw benches that we were using. Here are links to the two designs that I had with me. First up is the one I built for myself years ago, featuring mortise and tenon joinery on the stretchers. (link here) This second on is the one we built for another class at the LPRC. I'd use better fasteners than I did, either the cut nails mentioned in this article or screws and I'd definitely use glue either way. Whichever one you build will aid your sawing and while they are awesome and useful alone, a pair is amazing.

Second, the bench hook. I know quite a few of you took some material from the class to make one of your own and that was awesome! Here's a little more info for you. The ones I made are a little different from this one as I make the fence even with the edge of the base. Both work fine.

Third, the holdfast. If you read the first saw bench link you can see that a holdfast is handy on the saw bench. It's especially so if you don't have a workbench in your shop yet. I recommend the ones I had with me, the Gramercy Tool Holdfast, from Tools for Working Wood. Just get the pair even if you only think you'll need one.

Did I miss something? Let me know what I left out in a comment below and I'll take care of it!

Hopefully everyone had as much fun as I did. Next class at LPRC is Planes on July 16th. We'll cover bench planes for truing stock and perhaps some special planes if time allows. 

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