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04/03/2009 Everything you have ever wanted to know about saw tooth design


Last November, while I was at Woodworking In America, I participated in a class on Western saw design. When preparing for the class I tried writing notes on how saw teeth work and I got totally bogged down. Everything is intermingled. Aside from explaining the terms used in saw tooth design you have this whole question on why we make a saw finer or coarser, the effect of changing the angle of the teeth, and all the other factors that influence how a saw cuts. So at the end of the day we came up with a chart that shows how it all works and we think this makes the terminology a little more comprehensible.
Download the chart here. I hope you find it useful.



Tags:Woodworking Tools and Techniques,Historical Subjects
Comments: 7
04/03/2009Paul Chapman 
Great stuff, Joel - very helpful. Thanks for taking the trouble to prepare the chart.

Cheers ;-)

Paul Chapman
04/08/2009Murphy 
Joel,

Thank you for assembling this information is a concise and easily understood format. You have deftly combined clarity and ease of use.

Murphy
04/25/2009Regis http://the1840scarpenter.blogspot.com/
Joel,
Thanks a lot for the chart. It is great information. I recently bought the files and saw sets from you. This chart has made everything a whole lot clearer.
Regis
07/24/2009Richard Dooling 
Great stuff. You have really helped make these relationships clearer to me. Thanks
01/11/2010Tom Moeller 
Thanks for the education. Between tripling my saw knowledge and your sharpening primer I feel that I have to go buy something. This won't be hard since you've got a great selection and and competitive prices. This is my first visit but not my last.
07/18/2010Jack Camillo 
I echo the comments already made. Just now came across this when looking at your saw vise. Thanks for making it available in such a concise chart.
10/27/2010Shannon http://renaissancewoodworker.com
Joel, thanks so much for putting this together. It is a great reference for the effects of changing your tooth geometry. I have actually linked to this chart for my students in my Hand Tool School.
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