Loc: Northern California
Re: Big Ripsaw and Crosscut saw project
03/28/12 11:54 AM
From a saw makers standpoint, they need to document what their final design is so it can be duplicated in a production mode. They design the handle and how it is located on the saw plate as to how they feel it gives the best performance results. If what Dom has done in his CAD drawings, will prove to be satisfactory to him, he now has a document that he can use for future saws, saws that will perform the same. When we pick up saws made from various saw makers, grasp the hand grip, extend the saw to arms length, the actual hang can be compared. One saw might hang lower at the toe end than another. Both saws will perhaps perform quite well, even though one might feel more comfortable to a user than the other. The so called "proper" or "correct" way to create a certain hang for saws in general, falls within quite a range of acceptance and feasibility. With any tool, there will be design limits for every aspect of the tool. Think of any aspect of a saw, then picture in your mind where you think the outer limits are. Beyond those limits will be an area that makes the saw non-functional. Within those limits will be a "sweet" spot. And so it is with locating a handle on a saw plate. When approaching the limits the saw will still be functional, but many users will notice it and may search for a saw that feels and functions more to their liking. As I use the various saws that I have in my saw till, I can definitely feel distinct differences from one saw to another. They all cut wood, but with a little different feel.
I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou