Custom Frame Saw (Woodworking with Hand Tools)

We will look in depth at the design and use of a small frame saw for joinery as an
introduction to the fine old tradition of craft folk building their own woodworking tools.
Parts of the class, in particular measurements of your hands for custom handles, are
broadly useful for other custom tool projects.

You will end up with a complete kit and the knowledge to build a small frame saw
customized to fit your hand and your intended uses. The kit will get you started and still
allow you to customize the tool for your purposes. You might end up preferring this saw
over more traditional backsaws.

The project will spark investigation of several topics:
* frame saws – hand saws with a thin blade held in tension
* joinery saws – dovetail, tenon, and others
* sharpening – the principle behind rip versus crosscut
* joinery – hand position and posture for precise cuts

This class is part of the Woodworking with hand tools series at Nova Labs. Even with a
good power tool shop like ours, there is an important role for hand tools.

Class fee includes a complete kit for a small frame saw
No prerequisite. Any level. Assumes an interest in making your own tools.

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  • Philip G.

    I will be at the shop Tuesday 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

    November 30, 2013

  • Philip G.

    I will be at the shop on Tuesday if any of you want to keep working on your kit. Also I have some new drill bits for metal.

    November 30, 2013

    • Donald K.

      What time do you think you'll be there? I'll try to make it if I can.

      November 30, 2013

  • Michael W.

    I was going through my kit bag and found I have 3 short saw blades. So, I picked one up from the table that wasn't mine. I think it may be Phillip's sample blade. Let me know who's blade I have, I'll drop it by the lab.

    November 30, 2013

    • Philip G.

      I wondered where I had left that one. Thanks. Just leave it in one of the drawers under the miter saw.

      November 30, 2013

  • Nikolai T.

    Thanks for the class, Philip! Looking forward to building my 700 mm saw.

    November 27, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Thanks for the class. Hopefully I can take some time this long weekend to finish it off.

    November 27, 2013

  • Donald K.

    Very interesting & informative.

    November 27, 2013

    • Philip G.

      Let me know if I can help you finish your saw. By meetup email or [masked]

      November 27, 2013

  • Jamie B.

    sorry for running late. I'm inching along beltway but hopefully will be there in 20 minutes.

    November 26, 2013

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