Class: Handsaw Skills
Instructor: Richard Moore
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Experience Level: Beginner
Max # of Students: 6
Tools/materials required: a dovetail saw, and at least one other backsaw set up as a crosscut. (There will be several other saws on hand for you to try. ) A combination square, a marking
knife, a 1/4", and a 3/4" or 1" chisel, a marking gauge and a mortising gauge.
Class Description, Info, or Special Instructions:
We will focus on using saws at the bench for cutting material to finished size and for
We will cut several joints and practice several drills to help you in starting the saw and
how to cut to the line true and square.
We will talk about how to choose the right saw for the job at hand and how to choose the
right saw for your body. We will cut to length and rip to width materials to give you the
experience of breaking down stock to rough dimension. From the rough work we will practice
cutting to the line at the bench and cut a few joints with backsaws and chisel. We will introduce
the use of a bench appliance, marking knives and marking gauges.
The wood we will use is furnished for the class, we will talk about bench appliances that
you can build to make laying out and cutting of these joints more accurate and easier.
Reading suggestions include: Chisel, Mallet, Plane and Saw, by Tony Konovaloff,
Spoons on Carpentry and Joinery, The Essential Woodworker, by Robert Wearing,
Hand Saws Their Use, Care, and Abuse, by Fred T Hodgson.
These are the basics of what we cover in this class:
Choosing the right saw for the job
Breaking down stock, following the line, cutting square
Posture and grip
How to follow two lines
Several drills to improve your sawing