I promised you ten projects for free during the pandemic and I am ploughing through them full steam. It’s been DIY for me all the way except for the edits, which Natalie did, working from home. She made everything come together except any out-of-focus points which even she couldn’t handle. Oh well! I’ll do better!
So what was the point in so simple a project? The answer is plain and simple or PS, plane and saw practice. This project is really the vehicle through which I am reinforcing the training in rip-cuts with a tenon saw that goes deeper and generally beyond the capacity of a brass-backed saw because of its restrictive back. So I make a 12″ long ripcut with a tenon saw to show how it is done.
It also teaches a method of rip-cutting that keeps the saw parallel to the outer faces of the wood. This technique is something I use all the time with hand saws as well as saw can drift in the sawing action stroke on stroke. It’s a technique I have used all of my working life. Secondly, we can use every opportunity to learn, develop, and reinforce our skills in sawing and then too planing. In this, we have a few little techniques that enhance the finished work yet with very little effort. Lastly, we have a lifetime support piece to use every time we need to sharpen our tenon saws.
You can watch it on Woodworking Masterclasses for free here: https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/videos/saw-clamp/