Start on an angle. Rip the cheeks by beginning the cut at 45*, following your layout lines on one side of the stock. Repeat the cut from the other side of the workpiece.
menc lets me use a hand as well as a foot to clamp the work, and allows me to get my upper body over the saw to power the cut. (See lead photo, page 57.) Some bowsaw users like a two-handed approach for really heavy cuts—both hands on the arm, one hand near the blade to power the cut and the other hand at the top of the arm to guide the saw.
Whether you're ripping or crosscutting, start a cut by angling the blade about 45" to the workpicce. Use the rhumb and index finger of your free hand to guide the blade along the cut-line. (See photo, previous page.) Pull back to establish a kerf in the workpiece. then push forward to make the cut. Don't apply pressure to the blade at this point; let the blade do the cutting.
Once you've cut a kerf, the blade will follow the path you've established and you can apply more pressure to speed up the cut. Continue to hold the saw at an angle. This keeps fewer teeth in the cut, which also speeds up the cut.
Besides general ripping and crosscutting, the bowsaw excels at a wide variety of sawing tasks. As shown in the photos on this page, you can use your saw to cut tenons, to resaw and to cut curves and dovetails. ▲
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