How to Choose Hand Saws

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Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva walks through the various types of hand saws and gives tips on how to utilize them.

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Cost: Varies

Skill Level:
Moderate

Tools:
Hack Saw
Jab Saw
Flush-cutting Saw
Pull Saw
Coping Saw
Miter Saw and Box
Hand Saw

Steps:

1. For cutting through metal, use either a hack saw, which can accept a 10” or 12” blade, or a mini-hack saw, designed for cutting in tight areas. Tom shows off a hack saw to cut through all kinds of metal.
2. To change the blade on a hack saw, loosen the wing nut at the base and extending the bow to your desired length. Insert the new blade and tighten the wing nut. Be sure to put the teeth facing away from the handle.
3. When cutting through drywall, use a jab saw. Place the piercing tip on the drywall and then hit the handle with the palm of your hand to drive it into the drywall. Once the saw is in the material, you can use it to cut.
4. A flush cut saw can cut screws or dowels flush to the material and the handles are often reversible.
5. A double edge pull saw has a flexible blade that can sit flat on material and is can be used to cut trim or casing when patching flooring. Use the flooring as a height gauge. Cut the trim to allow the flooring to slide underneath.
6. A miter saw and miter box can be used for straight cuts and to cut angles.
7. A traditional a hand saw can be used for rip cuts and cross cuts. The more teeth on a blade, the finer the cut will be. Finer blades are used for cross-cutting, coarser blade is used for ripping wood.
8. For the most control, it’s important to hold your body in front of the blade when cutting and line up your shoulder and hand should line up.

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A hand saw is one of the more standard tools, so you may not have given much thought to the correct method to utilize one. Nevertheless, like other hand and power tools, utilizing correct kind and technique with a hand saw is essential for your safety as well as accomplishing your wanted result.

All hand saws are not the same, so following the suggestions from the maker will help you both utilize the saw appropriately and secure yourself. Hand saws come in various types that are designed for different functions, so be sure you are utilizing the right kind of saw for the job at hand.

Ensure your saw blade is sharp and clean prior to you begin. The first action to utilizing a hand saw - determining exactly where the cut will be made - starts before you select up the saw.

Hold the saw such that your wrist, shoulder and the manage of the saw are lined up, and you are not sawing at an angle that feels unnatural. Be sure to inspect the documents to make sure that you are holding the saw according to recommendations. Apply pressure to the saw as you push downward on the cut, but release pressure as you pull the saw back toward yourself.

You might want to practice cutting on a scrap piece of wood prior to you move on to the genuine cut if you are unskilled with hand saws. It bears repeating that all saws are not the same, so make sure to read the documentation outlining the appropriate use of your saw.


Hand saws come in different types that are developed for different functions, so be sure you are utilizing the best kind of saw for the job at hand. The first action to using a hand saw - identifying exactly where the cut will be made - starts before you pick up the saw. Hold the saw such that your wrist, shoulder and the manage of the saw are lined up, and you are not sawing at an angle that feels unnatural.
Watch the full episode: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/watch/as...Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva walks through the various types of hand saws and gives tips on how to utilize them. Click here to SUBSCRIBE to the official This Old House YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...Cost: VariesSkill Level: ModerateTools: Hack SawJab SawFlush-cutting SawPull SawCoping SawMiter Saw and BoxHand SawSteps:1. For cutting through metal, use either a hack saw, which can accept a 10” or 12” blade, or a mini-hack saw, designed for cutting in tight areas. Tom shows off a hack saw to cut through all kinds of metal. 2. To change the blade on a hack saw, loosen the wing nut at the base and extending the bow to your desired length. Insert the new blade and tighten the wing nut. Be sure to put the teeth facing away from the handle. 3. When cutting through drywall, use a jab saw. Pl...