How do I make relatively level cuts with only a handsaw and no level? Wood is pine. I'm trying to make a cradle for a grow-light for winter veggies.
Any tips for keeping the blade straight? Initially I had drawn some straight lines, but it didn't matter because the saw will curve ever so slightly.
I just don't want this damn cradle to wobble. It already cobbled together.
First off, dont complicate things
Buy some cheap saw horse brackets. They are 5$ a pair at harbore freight, they are 8$ a pair at Lowes.
You just just 2x4 for the middle bar and legs.
When you have the brackets, you dont need to figure out a bunch of hard calculations. Just 4 of the same length legs.
Yes, you will be resting on the bottom corners of the legs but it will be fine everything will be squared still.
But I would suggest buying a speed square (for 2$ at harbore freight, like $5 at lowes)
You can measure out a mitered angle for the bottom of the feet (I think the brackets need like 15 degree angle).
Cut the bottom angles, then cut the square ends straight and even between the 4.
Easy to do with a hand saw, cheap, and its going to be relatively close to accurate (even with some bad cuts).
Way better solution than what you are doing OP.
maybe you shouldn't smoke so much winter vegetable before using the saw
Look at how nice and sturdy they can be with the mitered feet.
Not possible, even with a cutting jig a hand saw tends to fuck up.
Try a different design that uses a single board as the feet. Like pictured but double sided.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJLSI3GUcbk There you go. roy underhill is the unofficial god of handtools.
Also, in pine, screws are always going to be wobbly, because they just dig into the pine. You want a dado or rabbet.
also, a technique for leveling off legs to kill wobble (when legs are not all exactly the same length, common when an angle is slightly off etc.) is to put it on the ground, shim it level, and use a scrap piece of wood to scibe a line parallel to the floor at the same height on all four legs (above the shim, of course). Then cut to line, and sand high leg until level and stable. the saw will take care of most of it, meaning that you should only have to sand down like 1/32" or 1/16" on a leg or to to have it dead even. If you end up with one leg way too short, an old amish method is to glue in a hardwood dowel and do the same thing.