Sawing Secrets

The-Woodwrights-Shop-Opening-CreditsRoy Underhill is an old school woodworker. His TV show, The Woodwright’s Shop, has been on air since 1979 and there have been over 400 episodes.

Christopher Schwarz is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking magazine, and a strong advocate of traditional woodworking. His books on workbenches are my main inspiration for wanting to build a Roubo style workbench.

I recently came across this episode of The Woodwright’s Shop on YouTube. It is all about sawing techniques and the reason for the differences between the teeth patterns in rip-cut and cross-cut saws. It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought it was great, so I thought I’d share it.

Just in case you are not familiar with Roy Underhill, it is worth mentioning that he plays the fool in this video. He has been working wood for decades and so he already knows everything that is discussed in this video. He was just acting as a foil for Christopher Schwarz.

Anyway, enjoy:


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