How to Choose Hand Saws

Posted by in Home Improvement Tips, on January 31, 2017

Watch the full episode: 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: 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. Follow This Old House and Ask This Old House: Facebook:

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