Gas hacksaw - only way to go!
Actually, if I was doing this (and I doubt I'd cut up a saw,
they're more useful as saws) I'd cut it on the shears over at
my buddy's place. It's useful having a machinist as a friend.
On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 4:33:21 PM UTC-7, Michael wrote:
Reading between the lines, I gather you chose a blade from the kitchen collection
and are using it to mark wood. There are round scribes (probably one in your try-square)
for marking, and single-bevel knives (both follow a straight edge well), as well as
skew chisels, utility knives, pen knives, and Xacto knives, in my shop, and all
get significant use for marking.
I'd suggest lots of experimentation, before you consider a spendy rosewood
specialty item. My kitchen knives are double-beveled, so i don't like them
for following a straightedge; long blades don't work, you want something with
just enough length to keep your handle from shadowing the mark.
if you reshaped it, then it's probably fine. I took a knife and broke
the blade off, then reshaped it like a chip carving knife. I can't see
using a long blade to mark, but if that's what your used to ...
I also have some spear point blades, what I like is they are one sided,
and can be flipped from side to side.
I also use a regular utility knife.. so whatever works
As other folks have mentioned, for marking you want a knife
that's only beveled on one side (so the flat side can set
tight against your rule, or the dovetail you're marking from,
That said, as long as you can get the knife tight against
the edge, I don't see that a fancy knife has any advantage
other than aesthetics.
Mine came from Patrick Leach, but I dunno if he's still
I have a number of knives in my shop and use then as appropriate.
Left and Right marking knives
Used exclusively for layout work
A retractable blade utility knife
Used for opening boxes, cutting roll and soft sheet goods, insulation,
felt paper, nylon binding straps, etc.
A hacking knife
Used for rough work where I hit it with a mallet or hammer to split
wood. A Google image search on Hacking Knife brings up examples.
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