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They are not expensive but once you start using it, it will probably become your goto saw for most purposes.
Edit: another advantage to the Japanese saw is that the blades are inexpensive to replace when they get dull. Western saws cost more to replace or the fancy ones can be resharpened which is a whole ordeal. There are experts who resharpen fancy Japanese saws, but they all live in Japan and the saws they sell here aren't really made to be resharpened anyway. But at $20 for a replacement blade I'm not gonna start caring any time soon.
Any chance you could spend a little money and get a handsaw? Something like this may do the trick for small projects like you're describing without the run-around of finding a precut project.
SUIZAN Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw 9.5 Inch Ryoba Double Edge for Woodworking [link]
A table saw, or a good pull saw like
Pull saws offer easier easier cutting using more arm motion and less hand strain as long as the piece can be set up right. A circular saw might be appropriate depending on what other setup she has. Okay circular saws can be had at Lowe’s and Home Depot for $35
Another vote for getting a Japanese pull saw. They’re not overly expensive, you can even order them on Amazon (this is the one I have: SUIZAN Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw 9.5 Inch Ryoba Double Edge for Woodworking [link]) and they’re super easy to use once you get the hang of pulling instead of pushing.
I am am not experienced at all. I havent even started my first project. In just throwing out their my approach.
I started with buying a ryoba saw
A mid range and cheap throw away chisel set
3 sharpening stones and material for a strop
Honing guide (I spent hours trying to learn freehand miserably, but I plan to try again)
I am now searching for a hand plane
Some carpenter pencils
Digital angle meter
A junk dovetial guide I can't recommend (also not quite ready for that step yet)
My reasoning for going for the smaller basic hand tools is because they add up quick, there something I felt I will need anyways plus space is an issue for me right now. Not only that you can do quite a bit with these tools, and I figured as I worked with them and learned how to use them, I would learn more about tooling in general as well as about woods and fixing my mistakes.
Like I said, im pre-noob so my thoughts may not be solid.
That’s why. Spend $40 on a decent Japanese saw and this would have been a 90 second afterthought.
I received “Good Clean Fun” by nick offerman. Awesome book with good guidance as well as some projects of varying complexity!
If he is a parka and Rec fan it’s a must buy!
Also I have a Japanese pull saw that is a game changer....
toys and keepsakes for our kids
an urn for our son
some furniture for our house we are building - mainly a very long dining room table and benches and swings for outside, the bed frame and headboard for our bed and built in bunk beds
good tools as he has nothing to pass down to our kids that is his “stuff”
I’m probably missing stuff. The basic list above includes stuff every woodworker needs including beginners. But if you want to get cooler gifts, go for chisels, a hand plane, the miter saw, the edge router, and a shitload of clamps.
Get ready to spend and expect he will spend a lot more when it comes time to purchasing materials!
20% off this Ryoba pull saw: [link]
I don't think this is a Prime day deal but I also just recently picked up a Dewalt 735X planer for $500 and it looks like there's another $25 coupon on it as well. Pretty crazy price for that.
I would say a good hand saw. I have a Japanese Pull Saw, and it's almost as fast as setting up my power tools, and cutting. This is the one I have.
I got this one off Amazon. I've only used it a few times but I like it a lot so far.
This ones fine
I really like the sound of Japanese saws over Western, but am wary of chintzy knockoffs. Someone recommended this brand of saws, sold via Amazon, that are made in Japan:
Do you have experience with this brand at all? Were I to swap out the Japan Woodworker saws for these to save some money, do you think I'd be alright or do the Amazon ones look unusable?
And as for planes, do you think I could get by with two? And if so, which two would that be? Block and Jack or Smoothing and Jack?
Dozuki is for dovetails. This one is more general purpose.
SUIZAN Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw 9.5 Inch
Ryoba Double Edge for Woodworking [link]
Agree with the other commenter - a pull saw. I avoid buying from Amazon out of principle, buy basically this if you want a double-sided japanese style saw, or this if you want something with a handle. I have both and use them all the time for small projects.
Edit - One other thing you might consider if you're doing small projects with a hand saw is this or something similar. A small box, pair with a couple of clamps, will let you make perfect 90 degree or 45 degree cuts. It may be blasphemy, but I use my shark pull saw in combination with a box like this, and it works great (the saw that comes with these little plastic boxes is garbage).
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Buying a new tool for 5 dowels is probably not appealing but it'll probably come in handy more often than you'd think. Any backsaw would probably work just fine. Or a ryoba is a good addition to a power tool shop IMO. It is a Japanese pull saw with both cross cut and rup cut teeth. I like this one.
This is the one I bought. It goes through hardwood like butter.
It's a pull saw.
Get one of these instead. https://www.amazon.com/SUIZAN-Japanese-Ryoba-Double-Edge/dp/B01MU9XB1W/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=suizan+ryoba&qid=1613798841&sr=8-5
Same design, but much better saw. The blades are also replaceable and about half the price of a new saw.
I’ve done this several times, and often prefer working with hand tools these days (was my New Years resolution) over my power tools when possible. Buy yourself a Japanese ryoba double-edge saw (can cross cut and rip cut) like this one. Unlike western saws which cut on the push, they cut on the pull and are super friendly, especially for beginners. Also, get a nice (yet inexpensive) marking knife, which will not only draw your lines for you, but also give the saw a start to bite into without wandering. As others have said, also use the luthier trick to set your depth with a sacrificial block that can butt up against your piece and tell you when to stop so you don’t cut through.
SUIZAN Japanese Pull Saw Hand Saw 9-1/2" Ryoba ( Double Edge ) for Woodworking [link]
This is the saw I got, and I love it ��