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    Richard Guggemos

    This is probably old hat to most of you, but it’s new to me so I thought I’d share.

    Take a look at the picture. It’s the end of a cross cut on a piece of oak. Notice how the farther end of the cut has tear out while the nearer doesn’t.

    At the far end the saw was tip down, pushing fibers away. The near end was cut with the heel down so the teeth pushed the fibers back into the cut.

    From now on I’ll try to finish cuts heel down.


    Heel down as you finish, hold up the off ut with your off hand and use a knifewall allround. Your problems will be history

    Ronald Kowalewski


    Protect the line.

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