Body Mechanics for Precision Hand Sawing

While sawing precisely by hand may seem like black magic when you’re first learning, the secret to precision hand sawing, if you can call it that, is starting the cut precisely, and proper body mechanics during the cut.

Video: How to Start a Hand Saw Cut

In this video, I demonstrate an exercise I call “saw without sawing”. This short exercise helps to teach the new hand saw user what it feels like to take the weight of the saw off of the wood when starting a cut with a hand saw, and makes for more precise cuts.

How to Start a Hand Saw Cut

A common struggle for new hand saw users is starting the saw cut cleanly and accurately. While the symptoms being experienced might seem like a problem with the saw itself, they are all caused by improper technique.

Video: Resawing by Hand

If you don’t have a band saw, you can still resaw thick boards into thinner boards, or make your own shop sawn veneer. In this video, I demonstrate the use of a frame saw for resawing by hand.

Sources for Resaw Frame Saw Parts

I’ve received inquiries from multiple readers regarding my version of the Roubo frame saw. Specifically where I got the parts from and how they could make their own. Here are some options from finished saw to completely DIY.

How to Resaw by Hand

If a bandsaw is not available and you need to resaw a board into a thinner dimension, are there ways to do it by hand? Of course there are!

How Much Resawing was Historically Done?

Most historical texts don’t have much to say about the process of resawing, or the tools that would have been used in the joiner’s or cabinetmaker’s shop to perform this task. This usually begs the question, “How did they do it?” However, before we address the question of how they did it, we should first understand IF they did it.

About the Updated Look

Frequent visitors to the site (is anyone actually a frequent visitor?) have probably seen an unexpected page upon visiting over the last week or so. That’s because I’ve decided to do some housekeeping and make some changes to things around here.