I’m new here and fairly new to woodworking. I have a very modest collection of tools, but I’m slowly building my collection as I can afford them.
I’m currently using a Takumi ryoba and dozuki saw for all my rips and crosscuts. I’m having a heck of time making my cuts square. They tend to wander, which causes me to spend a ton of time correcting the cut after I make it. Currently my cuts range from passable to really terrible.
I make small musical instruments, generally small stock–no more the 2″ thick and a few inches wide. I might be cutting a piece that is 2″ wide, 2″ deep, and 5″ long out of a larger piece.
My basic process is this:
1. mark my lines using a square
2. Kerf using the dozuki blade (I probably should get a marking knife or wheel gauge?)
3. Put the workpiece in a vise (my bench is the Black and Decker Workmate)
4. cut using the ryoba
I think I’ve watched every video I can find on using ryoba, and still can’t quite get it. I suspect my square is not very good and is throwing off the accuracy of my lines, therefore making my kerfs inaccurate, which is causing the saw to wander, despite my best efforts.
I guess I’m just asking for advice on sawing technique using ryoba saws. Has anyone else had issues with the saw wandering? And if so, how did you fix it? Might I have an easier time with a Western push saw since I’m a beginner? Is it possible that my workbench is to unstable?
Thanks for any help!
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