... taken Mike Wenzloff's saw building class at Port Townsend School of Woodworking this past weekend. I just saw a post over at SMC where someone asked if anyone had built any of Mike's saw kits and one of the responders was a guy that just finished the class. Tim Lawson of the school then posted a link to their blog with pictures of the class.
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I am still pumped about our visit to Mike's place last week. I should have done it, seeing how the wife left for Maui last week and won't be back until the end of this week. Only thing is if she found out that I went over to Port Townsend without her...well, I might have to rent that Tour De-Wood RV for an extended time. She loves the place.
The class looked like a small one, with plenty of one-on-one time with Mike. I am going to sign up for the July class. That should teach her to leave me alone with my credit card.
Question is what saw should I build. Here are my options (from the school's website):
On the first day (or so) of this two day class you'll get to build and sharpen a high-end handsaw customized to your hand. We'll be offering you a choice from a small joinery saw through a tenon saw to a panel saw and you get to choose the saw tooth profile.
You'll make and finish the saw handle from Black Walnut or Swiss Pear (we had hoped to offer European Beech but it is unobtainable at the moment).
The saw kits are:
Dovetail Kit -- $80
9" blade, 15 ppi
Carcass Kit -- $90
Rip: 13 ppi or
Cross Cut: 14 ppi
Small Tenon Kit -- $100
Rip: 11 ppi or
Cross Cut: 12 ppi
Panel Saw Kit -- $120
Rip: 7 ppi or
Cross Cut: 10 ppi
These kits come with all necessary components to build your saw choice: Blade, handle wood, file and file handle.