How To Buy the Right Handsaw for a Job

There was a time when just one type of handsaw was used for cutting wood. For large timbers there was the ol’ trusty axe. That time is over. Today’s construction industry has more demands and has become a bit more complex, too.

That’s why when it comes to handsaws, there’s one for each demanding job type.

If you’re into carpentry, designing, molding, building, and demolishing things, then you must buy the right handsaw for the job.

Here’s a guide to get you cut through the chase:

  1. A Jeweler’s Saw is great for cutting metal. If you need to cut metal multi-levelly, a Hacksaw ought to do the job.
  2. A Coping Saw is the one used for creating ornamental woodwork. Very ideal for carving and sculpting intricate and ornate designs.
  3. You don’t have to go through the pain of cracking plywood in half or bringing down your hand to cut it Karate-Chop style. To do this, a Crosscut Saw is the only thing you will need. On the other hand, a Crosscut Hand Saw will help you manually cut planks and joints.
  4. A Ripsaw with its coarse teeth will cut lengthy thick timbers in less time than an axe.
  5. Both the Keyhole Saw and the Compass Saw are good for cutting round and smooth curves.
  6. A Band Saw is just what you need for cutting through stacked wood and making multiple wood cuts or pieces. 
  7. A Panel Saw is a tool you can use for cutting through any man-made wood paneling or boarded riff-raff wood.
  8. A Back Saw is what craftsmen use for trimming wood into very small pieces.
  9. The Tenon Saw, the grandfather of the Back Saw, is a versatile tool for sawing tenons, joints, and large timbers.
  10. The Dovetail Saw is often used in furniture-making precisely for dovetailing and dowelling requirements when creating wooden furniture.
  11. A combination tool saw called a Japanese Ryoba is what’s needed for ripping and tapering requirements. Other Japanese-type sawing tools that are hard-core cutters are called Kataba, Ryoba, Dozuki, and the Mawashibiki, all of which are capable of beautiful and seamless cuts on fine grain wood.
  12. For architectural model-making and prototypes, the Bead Saw and the Blitz Saw are two of the most important tools to have in your workbench or studio. 
  13. The Frame Saw is a unique three-level contraption that swings through and efficiently severs hard wood. 
  14. A Backsaw is precisely what you need to reach for when you need precision bull’s eye cutting.
  15. The very intimidating Power Saw is tops when it comes to power-sawing large chunks of hardwood. 
  16. The Circular Saw is one of the most challenging to use because it is made to cut very deeply into hardwood. It is also one of the most portable Saw tools making it a favorite among Saw connoisseurs despite its potential for danger.

Please take all precautionary and safety measures before operating a Saw. Further, read the manual before using a Saw and refrain from sawing into wet or damp wood.


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