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post #1 of 10 Old 03-11-2013, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Pushin' a pull stroke

I like the thin kerf and sharp cuts from Japanese Dozuki saws for finer joinery cuts but I don't like the pull stroke. I thought I'd try reversing the blade so I could have the push stroke of a standard western saw with a disposable Dozuki blade. The jury is still out on this creation, I've only made a few sample cuts, so far. I like the feel and fit and I could adjust blade cut depth if needed. It will be limited to about 1" deep but that's more than I normally need for most cuts I would make with this saw. I thought it would be worth a try for a small piece of wood and a $15 blade.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-11-2013, 01:12 AM
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well I hope it works wel for ya it looks purty dang awesome

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Nice looking handle. Good idea.

Keep us updated on whether it works out.

I am in the same camp as you. Pull stroke saws do not feel right. I know thousands of people use them easily. I may have too much muscle memory with the push stroke style.
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As you probably know the thin blade needs to be in tension to keep it strait and true which is why it is a pull stroke. You have supported it very well so it might work. Please keep us posted and include pictures. That handle look like it will be gorgeous.
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I've read warnings that if you are used to using push saws but want to give a pull saw a try, avoid the carbon steel ones because they 1) will likely break if you push on them, and 2) they are expensive.

Just passing along what I read. your mileage may vary.

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Hey, that looks really cool.
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That's a nice job on the handle, but my only problem I see is your limited on how deep your cut is.
Still nice though.

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Just out of curiosity...

You would think there would be a lot of tensioned western style push saws then with thin blades.

I personally LIKE the pull style of cutting but am finding that I have to elevate my work pieces so I am using gravity and the traditional japanese body position to use the saw. I also appreciate with the Japanese handle you can use both arms to pull.

So using a japanese saw has definitely changed the way I approach a cut in terns of how and where I clamp it.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-17-2013, 04:49 PM
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I bought Japanese saws early on in my woodworking. Thought the western way was klunky. Thin blades thin cuts also mean thin mistakes while learning. I can pull the saw with either hand equally well. Not sure why. Sometimes I cut left sometimes right. I like the set better too.

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