Resawing by Hand

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    Just made four three foot long cuts through 4 1/2″ thick laminated oak. Took me a good 4-5 hours and many biscuits even with a freshly sharpened 7TPI saw.

    Really puts into perspective how hard the workmen of old worked. Pity theres no handheld electric machine that can easily make cuts like this. A jigsaw would really struggle I think.

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    Peter George

    That’s where the band saw can be useful for the donkey work. It’s the power tool that sees the most use since I’ve moved to mostly hand tools.

    Peter in
    Biggar SK
    "New York is big, but this is Biggar"


    At times I had to resaw by hand when the board is too wide for my bandsaw. I made an interesting discovery, the handsaw that I bought as designed for a rip cut was actually designed for cross cutting. I never filed a saw before but I did recut the teeth on my saw and there was a big improvement. (My eyesight is not great.)


    Just going from a 7TPI to a 4.5-5TPI saw made a huge difference for me when I resawed some 40″ long 2×4 boards down to 1x4s.

    Tuscloosa, Alabama
    Lung T'an Hu Huesh Kung-fu Woodshop

    Thomas Angle

    I agree with the ehisey. On wood that hard the bigger teeth really makes a difference.

    Arbovale, WV

    Proverbs 18:13
    13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

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