Preparing for WIA
A few months ago I somehow got conned into participating in the Hand Tool Olympics at WIA, and whats more I’m part of a blogger team; I’m sorry Ian and Steven. Seeing as most of my hand tool woodworking involves Japanese saws I’m kind of the team handicap. (did I mention I’m sorry guys?)
Well, about the only thing I have a chance at is, edge jointing a board and ripping. So I embarked on an adventure to figure out this western sawing thing.
First things first… it looks like western woodworkers use something called a saw bench. Who better to teach me, than the master off all things western knuckle dragging “the Schwarz“? Utilizing this article and online access to this video i knocked it together in a few hours off and on.
I dont really have the western saws to build it like the master… so much to Wilber Pan’s chagrin I built it using my Japanese saws.
“The way I look at it, it’s doubly ironic since a western saw bench will be of little use with a Japanese saw.
On the other hand, Nik does not need to apologize for using the best kind of saw there is.” – Wilbur Pan
Even with all that, it went together great; and as usual Christopher Schwarz‘s classes and articles are amazing: educational and entertaining.
Now I just need to figure out how to use this thing.
Hmm…. that doesn’t seem to work very well. Maybe Wilbur was right?
That seems to work better, but I really have no clue what I’m doing! Sorry guys! Our WIA team in screwed! But at least I’ve used a saw bench and a western saw once, and that nice Disston D-8 Rip saw I have isn’t just hanging on the wall.
Anyway… Supper excited about WIA later this week. Can’t wait to hang out with the online woodworking community and enjoy some great classes! Hope to see you there!