My good friend Wilbur Pan and I were having a discussion about ripping a board with a hand saw last week after our CJWA meeting. Wilbur has been researching Japanese saws and work holding methods for rough ripping tasks. In theory, using a Japanese saw for ripping should be just as efficient, if not more efficient (due to the much thinner saw blade), than a western rip saw when both have approximately the same number of PPI. However, he has been struggling to get the Japanese saw to rip as quickly as we typically can with a western saw. Wilbur was curious how long it typically takes me to rip a board with a western saw. I estimated about a minute or two depending upon wood species, but I wasn’t 100% sure as I had never really timed myself. Well, today I needed to rip a 3′ length of 4/4 walnut, so I set the camera up and let it run while I was ripping. I didn’t try to force anything or saw really fast. I just ripped at my normal pace. For this piece of walnut, it took me a second or two under 2:00. For eastern white pine I’d expect about half this time.