1. A back-to-basics question: Are you “powering” the saw through when you crosscut the stack? Or are you letting the saw do most of the work?
    I ask because it appears to be the former. When I saw, the more I force the saw, the less accurate my cut.
    Not that this particular cut needs great precision, but I was just wondering and observing.

      1. I think he means something else when he says, let the saw float. If he is just starting a cut, he sometimes describes this as “just lightly rub the tips of the teeth on the wood.” You could also call this letting the saw float. When I do it, I am resisting the weight of the saw, lifting it upwards, so that the saw isn’t bearing down on the wood. Doing this lets me set up my sawing motion and keeps the teeth from digging in and upsetting how the saw is settling into the wood. As you gently rub the saw (don’t think of it as cutting), you will remove a little dust and start a kerf. As that becomes defined, you relax more, let the weight of the saw come back onto its teeth and continue the cut. For me, it feels like floating the saw, gently rubbing until I have a sense of my motion and the kerf is starting and then I give a definitive and defining push. Sometimes, you may see Paul start a cut and come to a complete stop, perhaps withdrawing the saw and wiping dust off. This is the same thing and you’ll probably see that he’s done what I just described, including the definitive, defining push.

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