Sawing by Hand
Bowsaw is best; keep it sharp
Synopsis: Tage Frid says a handsaw can replace a machine-powered saw for every cutting operation. It should lie loosely in your hands, and no pressure should be applied, particularly when starting the cut, he writes. He discusses the different handsaws available on the market and how they are designed for special purposes. The bowsaw, scroll bowsaw, offset dovetail saw, and rip panel saw are most useful in Frid’s shop, and he explains how to sharpen them and how to refile them from crosscutting to ripping. He describes how to make a vise for sharpening and how to make a bowsaw. And he offers a tutorial on using handsaws.
A handsaw can replace a machine-powered saw for every cutting operation. The correct use and maintenance of handsaws should be practiced until they are second nature. To saw properly, coordination of the joints in the hand, elbow and shoulder must be…