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How to Saw Straight with a Handsaw | Paul Sellers



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if I told you that I had had thousands

and thousands of people telling me

through my lifetime when I've told them

I'm a carpenter that I make things out

of wood they say oh I can't saw to a

straight life so often that happens that

I feel like I have to do something about

it so what I'm going to do is show you

how to sort a straight line if you take

a square like this and set the distance

like this or you can use a gauge pull a

line down here oops

like this so it's parallel to the edge

sticking on the wood flip it over and do

the same from the other side because

we're going to cut this stick into two

that's the goal and we want them we want

it to be nice and straight and of course

when you're using the saw they might not

be any guarantees up and it like this of

course you might be doing this on saw

horses you could be doing this on the

table a picnic table or whatever so

there I'm connecting the two lines one

side to the other watch what happens

here I'm going to put my thumb on the on

the piece of wood and pull my three

fingers against my upper body and then I

slide the saw up against the line like

this and I go down like that now

remember the first ten strokes are going

to set the course for the whole saw so

we've got to be conscious of that when

we start throwing tilt it like this

watch what happens I use that soccer to

keep me square now I use my I along the

side of our lines

and I start sewing to the line just so I

can see that line now this is perfectly

power that's going really well I'm going

to check this side and see how well it's

going this side it's going well this

side but I can see I'm cutting slightly

in towards the line and I want to cut

parallel do it so I correct it here and

how I do that is I bend the saw slightly

and bring it to this side and if I keep

turning this piece of wood around like

this remembering which side of the lines

of saw I'm going parallel to the line

it's working perfectly I go all the way

down the stick this way but that's not

really helping you because it doesn't

always go perfectly straight what to do

this is the problem sometimes we're not

used to sawing and we start sawing away

from the line or into the line so if I

start sawing away from the line like

this Oh suddenly I start to panic this

size useless it doesn't work well why am

I doing this I should use a machine well

and that's not the case what you have to

do is go back up with the saw up to

where you started to go wrong go back up

here and hold the start function back

and make the correction using the sides

of the teeth to correct you yourself and

get back on track so we're back on track

turn the saw around work from both faces

like this

the other thing is you've got to get

this elbow this shoulder and this hand

in alignment with that piece of wood and

you've also get to get your eye inside -

so we're aligning a whole body according

to what we have here and suddenly we're

straight again we're back on track so

don't forget you use the tip of the

sword to push this side and just work it

this way and till you back on track and

that's how you saw straight using a hand

saw in a rip grain a trip pattern now

here I'm going into the line so I'm

actually on the line so I've got to go

back up here bring this back down here

now I'm on the right side of the line

again keep turning it around through yet

so the other end of the stick of wood

and you will have a reasonably parallel

piece of wood so that's what we want so

just to give you a clearer idea of what

we're talking about here you put this in

the vise this way it's a little bit more

awkward for me but better for you I'm

gonna square my line across the top

again just to repeat what I did earlier

and I want to cut on this side of the

line so I'm going to do this so you can

see it

so I'm parallel to that pencil line and

as I walk down this side I use this saw

kerf in the top to help me steer the saw

remember that those sockets those

opening sockets the ten strokes are the

other most important strokes I turn

around and I come from this side I drop

my home like this I'm using the saw to

steer it right along the line so I'm

parallel to the line as I go I turn

around now I'm going to be parallel on

the opposite face that's how we saw

straight but always remember it's not

always you that's wrong sometimes it's

the saw if the saw is not sharp if some

teeth are sharp and some are not if some

see two teeth are set the wrong way it

can cause you to deviate from the line

so it's not always you so sharp saw well

sets off and then of course the grain

itself can do that if you come up

alongside a knot you can get some

configuration in the grain that can

cause you to deviate too so I'm coming

up on a knockdown here and that might

cause me to deviate so I have to make

sure all conscious of that as I go down

for dressing through the coat one more

turn around and then we'll be through

that it has tightened up on the saw a

great deal what to do so I just take my

rag in a canola oil the plate a little

bit like that and that will help it

might we want to eliminate all of the

pressure can you see how that's

tightened up it's hot there

definitely made a big difference to the

solve a huge difference now I'm through

it that's how we we saw a striker with a

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