A little saw – Workshopshed guide to cutting tools

Many people like to use the phrase “the right tool for the job”. This is great if you know what the right tool is or even what the choices are. This book is to help you understand the options and select the right saw for your job


Using a saw

Before sawing check you have the right blade and that there is no damage to the teeth. Broken teeth can lead to the saw jamming and damage to your work. The blade should also be smooth and free of kinks.

Often a saw will cause the material to “break out” or splinter on the backside of where you are cutting. You can reduce this with the right saw selection and a sharp saw. Also clamping some scrap material to the back of your work can also help. Most of the time I just pick which side will be visible and ensure I saw from that side.

Book Content

The book will contain an introduction to sawing and using a saw. This will be followed with a selection guide with a variety of sawing tasks and recommendations of which saw to use for which job. The main part of the book will detail the different kinds of saws with a sketch of each saw along with a description, usage and tips.

Hand saws

  • Junior hacksaw
  • Hacksaw
  • Jewellers saw
  • Pad saw aka Jab saw
  • Coping saw
  • Tenon
  • Universal
  • Japanese or pull saws
  • Bow saw

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Power tools

  • Circular saw
  • Jig saw
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Bandsaw
  • Fret saw
  • Chainsaw

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