Actually Friends, I am building a block plane in my workshop. The plans were featured in Shop-notes No. 79 and call for me to cut the shape of the plane out of 1/8" flat brass stock with a handsaw. It does not however tell me I need to use a metal blade or a special blade for this. Is it OK for me to use a 3/8 in handsaw blade on metal? And the other problem is that I'm a wood carver and there were white worms in the cypress wood. Under the bark and boring holes in to it. Do you know their name and what to use to get rid of them?