The Pain and Pleasure of Sawing While Seated


Continuing from my last post, the rotten heart of this pretty little piece of Black Locust. There was a knot that healed over and decayed into the heartwood, something I didn’t think could happen with Black Locust given its reputation as exceptionally rot resistant.


So now I have slabs that are exceptionally…artistic. What would Nakashima have done?


And when you don’t sharpen your saw the cut can cup in the middle and binding, chaos, and pain in your arms ensue as you curse the very existence of the tree you’re sawing.

Mark Grable is fond of saying, “Know when to stop”.

And, “Sharpen your saw, its so easy, its a rip saw”.

Okay, okay, I’ll sharpen the damn saw when it needs it.


You may find yourself in a pickle needing to snap a line off the end of the cosmic void…I mean off the end of the butt of the log. Get creative with a level batten and some marks and you’ll be fine.

And finally, some video of sawing horizontally, sorry it took so long to the guy who asked.

5 thoughts on “The Pain and Pleasure of Sawing While Seated”

    1. Yes, that can be a problem. That’s solved partly by siting the sawing location in a place sheltered from the wind and oriented so that the prevailing winds don’t often blow the sawdust back against the plate. That said, part of my theory of why the saw tracks so well in the cut while horizontal is that some of the sawdust sits on the slab below the saw plate and keeps it in plane with the cut, maybe also reduces the friction a bit. With the angle of the saw cutting back against the run of the end grain the sawdust is quite fine, not the stringy curls that you get sawing down the grain, and that also helps.

  1. Aha!

    So this wood is a touch harder than European Hornbeam. Perfectly doable – it all just takes as long as it takes and fine and beautiful things will come of it. Gosh I’m looking forward to a day when I can watch and feel the sun swirl around me while my feet are bathed in a drift of sawdust.

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