Handsaws

I use smaller hand and miter saws a lot, especially when I'm working on lamps. I don't use big handsaws much, but I love having them around. My father used them a lot and taught me how to make clean cuts with them. Perhaps one day I'll use them more.

Compound angle miter · Handsaws · Handcrafted
Side note: Sharpening resources

Compound angle miter handsaw

I've used a few different hand miter saws over the years, but the Nobex 22″ Proman won me over. The Nobex blades, made in Sweden, are a work of art.

Nobex miter saw on stand

I made one modification to the saw (in addition to mounting it): I purchased the locking lever part from their larger saw and added it to this one so I can lock in any angle.

I do primarily fine work with this saw (for example, I fashion the kumiko in my lamps from ¼″ × ¼″ stock); their larger saw probably would be better suited for molding. The Nobex is manufactured by Plano Systems AB of Sweden, and is available from The Best Things⩘ .

Handsaws

I have a Pax (now manufactured by Thomas Flinn & Co⩘ ) 22″ 10 tpi panel saw (crosscut) and 26″ 4½ tpi rip saw, which I found at The Best Things⩘ . These are quite nice saws from Sheffield, England that feel good in the hand. I reworked the handles to remove the two-tone gloss finish that was put on over the beautiful beech wood, and to round all the sharp edges, as I prefer rounded edges on everything I hold.

Pax panel saw

Handcrafted handsaws

I also have a Wenzloff & Sons 16″ 9 tpi half-back crosscut saw⩘  just for the thrill of owning a beautiful and unusual handmade saw.

Wenzloff and Sons Half-back saw

This saw is patterned after an original Disston #8 saw that was made from the late 1800s through the early 1900s. It has a Swedish spring steel blade, a partial brass back, and a beautiful, 3-finger bubinga handle, though once again I did a bit of work on the handle to round the edges to match my personal preference.

Wenzloff and Sons Half-back saw handle closeup

Push versus pull

Given that my main woodworking hobby is to create shoji lamps, you may be surprised that I use Western-style push-stroke saws rather than Japanese-style pull-stroke saws. If I were to start over again I might switch, but by now my hands know push stroke saws with a muscle memory that I think would be quite difficult to reverse.

Handsaw sharpening resources

Saw Filing—A Beginner's Primer⩘ 
Disstonain Institute's Glossary of Saw Terminology⩘ 
The Essential Guide to Saw Tooth Design⩘ 
A Guide to Honing and Sharpening⩘ 

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