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How To Saw
(Jeweler's Saw)
Article © MAIL User: happysparkle

I’ve been asked about sawing and told by some that they tried it once and had trouble, so I thought an article about the basic principles of sawing might be in order.

I remember well the first time I picked up a jeweler’s saw at uni. Within 5 minutes the classroom was filled with muttered curses and the ping of breaking sawblades. It can seem a little daunting at first – I know I hated that day. I broke blades at least every 5 strokes and vowed never to pick up a saw again. But the next day I was ready to try again, with some helpful pointers from my professor.

Your saw should be adjusted properly and all screws TIGHT. The sawblade makes a nice, high, ringing ping when strung properly. I’m going to assume you already know how to string the blade. Pluck your blade every time you string a new one, even if you just know you’ve got the tension right, and check the screw that adjusts the frame depth every few blades. If those come loose, you’ll end up with alot of snapped blades.
When sawing:

Sawing is really pretty straightforward. It will take a little getting used to, so don’t expect to be a pro on the first stroke. Practice makes perfect, so give it a few tries and see how easy it becomes!
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