Still in Vieques

Pret returned from holiday in Vieques, Puerto Rico, just in time to help finish the last of our bridge joinery at Jones River Landing.


We stowed our tools, swept up our shavings and chips, and headed south–not to Vieques, but to the piney hills where our bridge was soon to be raised.


We’re gonna miss the Landing. The coffee was good, the company better, and it was a great place to cut a frame.


Here’s a video of our last day of layout and cutting. Friend George Greenameyer stopped by to wish us well and tell a few jokes.

Next stop: Pine Hills.


PS: Here is a picture of a saw’s nib, conveniently downloaded from the interweb:


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15 thoughts on “Still in Vieques

  1. Tom Dickey says:

    I will have to try that trick for starting the cut.

  2. pine duBois says:

    Rick, Pret et al. can’t wait til yr back. PS–the fish are running!

  3. Richard Law says:

    Can’t wait for the raising!

  4. pfollansbee says:

    well, that’s what I was going to say – the nib! the nib! He used the nib…now controversy will rage.

  5. graemeu says:

    Well can I just back the tape up here? What the ding dang is a NIB? or to be more precise, Rick, would you mind putting up a clear photo of that nib?
    I have seen a lot of saws but I don’t recall ever seeing a nib, not on a new saw or an old saw but I like the idea.

    • Rick says:

      I put a pic of a nib in the post above, G. It’s from a Chris Schwarz Popular Woodworking article and he mentions nada about it being used as a kerf-starter, hence Peter’s “controversy” comment above. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better use for said nib than what you see Pret doing with it in the video. Well, that, and if someone can figure out how to tap a nib for IPA.

      • graemeu says:

        Thanks Rick, the link is helpful. So does Pret have any novel uses for the oversized tooth, nearest the handle. I’ve only seen that used to cut corrugated iron lengthways.

      • graemeu says:

        Scuse my ignorance – IPA ?
        as in India Pale Ale?

      • Rick says:

        Corrugated iron lengthways, eh? Is that like cutting through a nail with a hand saw? On the one hand, you’ve gotta appreciate the dedication in finishing the cut. On the other hand, WTF? Pret and I had a little conversation about handsaws this very morning. He’s got a couple that, through irregular whetting, have different-sized teeth between the handle and the middle; most likely due to irregular jointing. He has a crosscut which purposely has has smaller teeth at its end–kerf-starting teeth–and larger teeth through the middle to the handle. Highly functional. And though it’s coarse, he uses it a fair amount for joinery.

        Are there saws with oversized teeth nearest the handle which are there for a specific purpose? I don’t know. Perhaps a reader will weigh in.

        I like the link, G. (is your name Graham?) Such IPA must have an appropriate TPI–!

      • graemeu says:

        Well it could be from lazy sharpening but I think it is from design, might be cultural, my saws with that on them are over 200 miles away so it could be a while before I can show you what I mean. But the use is definitely not like cutting through a nail. Rather as a chisel to take a couple of shavings of iron along the valley (Rest the heel of the handle in the valley for support) then fold along the groove and when you straighten it out there should be 2 skinny sheets. I do know a chippy who uses a circular saw to cut a stack of sheets to length, apparently it is ‘very noisy’ not to mention dangerous.
        It’s Graeme, none of that English nonsense with the ‘h’ and dropping the ‘e’. I haven’t enjoyed an IPA for years but if I did it would be a ‘Tui East India Pale Ale’ from Mangatainoka.

  6. coeptus23 says:

    Hahaha, I can hear the collective sound of all the internet woodworkers heads exploding when Pret turned that saw upside down to start that kerf. You can’t argue that it can’t be used that way I guess, you now have video graphic evidence. Pretty slick.

    As for the saw teeth discussion above, it is known as progressive pitch toothing, and allegedly makes starting the cut easier (having the finer teeth at the toe). I personally find it to be useless and marketing malarkey, but to each their own.

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