When we think of a ripsaw, we tend to imagine large balks of timber being sliced into thick boards. Quite often though, there is a need to trim a smaller piece of timber. A rip panel saw is far less cumbersome than its full size cousin is. Whereas a rip handsaw would generally be toothed around 4.5tpi, the rip panel saw has a fine by comparison 7tpi. It’s designed for thinner stock, such as cutting a panel down to the desired width, hence the name. The Lie Nielsen panel saw has a taper ground blade (0.8mm to 0.66mm) to prevent it binding in the cut. The blade has plenty of metal under the handle ensuring a lifetime of sharpening. The curly maple handle is beautifully shaped and both good to look at and comfortable in use. The blade is 500mm long, and the saw 615mm long overall.
6 June 2013
A pleasure to useI purchased the rip saw on the strength of my experience with Nielsen's cross-cut panel saw. It is a delight to use, making easy, clean, rip cuts in oak, ash, beech and pine (treated and untreated). Just one word of warning. neither saw is particularly suitable as a site saw, nor for a heavy-handed user. One of the features that make them easy to use is the thiness of the blade, which could easily buckle if not used carefuly. If you saw as you should, then these will give excellent results and be a pleasure to use. Expensive, but a real investment.