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How To Saw Wood

How To Saw Wood

An expert carpenter explains how to use a saw without risking damage to yourself, your material, or the saw itself, and demonstrates this simple technique using a variety of different types of saws.

Today, I'm going to show you how to cut a line straight with various saws. You're simply going to get a square and a pencil, square it across the grain, with the timber. I'm just going to do various lines.

This is a ninety degree, but it could be any angle. I'm simply going to take one of my saws. In this case, it's a panel saw, and going to place my thumb on the pencil line.

This is going to guide the saw. I'm starting at the front of the saw. Now, this will occur in any saw you use.

You always start at the front of the saw. If you don't, you will dull other parts of the blade, so you want to try and use all of the blade. Basically start in on that line, nice and slowly, no downward pressure.

Just let the saw do the work. And as I'm cutting, I'm gradually going to lower the back down, working away along the line. Once the saw has set itself, remove your hand and then, just using all of the saw, cut to the required depth.

I'm going to show you again with a tenon saw. It's the same principle: put my thumb on the line, smaller teeth. Start at the front of the saw.

Once again, I'm going to move the saw downwards at the back. I'm using all of my blade. Once again, I've removed my hand.

Slowly, not forcing the saw, as you can see, it's cutting slower than the other saw, because that has a bigger blade. And that's how you do it. This applies in any saw you use.

I'll get a Japanese pull saw, which is slightly more difficult to cut, because it's going to have a bending action. Same principle: start at the front, get the teeth to set, remove your hand. And you simply just work across the pencil line.

Let the saw do the work, no downward pressure, once again using all of the blade. Again, this is cutting slower because it has a smaller blade. You would normally use this type in fine carpentry.

So, there you have it. That's how you saw wood. .