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Saws (Nokogiri) $45-$60

Two or three replaceable blade saws will get you by for a long time. From top to bottom:
Ryoba – Two blades, one saw. For timber/carpentry size work, go for sizes up around 270 – 300mm, for furniture size work, 180 – 240mm.
Dozuki – For super fine cuts. If you’ve never used one before, you will be amazed at how fine. 240mm is good.
Kataha Yokobiki – General purpose saw. 240mm is a good here as well.


Stett Holbrook

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  1. Awesome guide, thanks for posting. I would love to get into joinery. Need to accrue a few things first… :)

  2. I was fortunate to take a Basic Woodworking course with Toshio Odate in NYC at Pratt one year. He embodied the Japanese approach to craft and I have often thought of him when I create and build my works. I am glad to see your collection of books contains several of his works and they continue to be used by current craftsmen today.

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