The dowel is wood, isn't it? And while the teeth are designed to cut
on the pull stroke (on Western saws at least), as you know from
starting a cut, they'll also cut on the pull stroke. It's really not
a concern that the dowel will damage the saw.
As others have expressed, I wouldn't sweat it, given the relative
hardness difference betwixt a tool-steel saw and a hardwood dowel.
Besides, you're going to learn to pull up, not down, on the saw to
Reminds me of the rather prissy advice not to store planes blade-down on
a wooden shelf. As someone else pointed out, planes spend their working
lives ... cutting face-down on wood. Parking one on a wood shelf isn't
going to damage it.
Found--the gene that causes belief in genetic determinism
Which would have the exact effect of impressing the tooth pattern on
the wood. Try it. Post a picture.
As Sancho Panza said, "Whether the stone hits the pitcher or the
pitcher hits the stone, it's going to be bad for the pitcher." He was
talking about his wife.
There's also that thing called a learning curve. If you pull down on
the saw it will make it difficult to remove the saw. The steeper your
learning curve, the sooner you will learn to not pull down on the saw.
Blood-letting enhances the learning curve.
I agree about not particularly liking the teeth facing out, but the
handles _are_ at the bottom and you always grab the handle to pick up
a saw anyway. I suppose if someone had a serious case of the shakes,
that setup would be dangerous, but then again so would pretty much any
form of woodworking.
I'd probably do a combination of Morris' (?) rare-earth magnets and
the originally posted one. Lose the dowels, have magnets on one side
only and slots for the saws with the teeth facing in. Cover the
magnets with thin wood veneer so no teeth are contacting metal.
My first thought when I saw all of the saws with their teeth facing out
was this is not good. However if the wall piece were place near the
celling of the shop with just sufficient space above to lift the saw it
seems like it would be a good idea.
You would reach up lift the saw up an out to remove it and up and in to
put it in place. The teeth would be all above the normal work area.
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