Sawing A Board

Sawing a board can be tricky at times here are some tips that will make you time cutting a lot easier. Save elbow grease by using soap. Rub your hand saw blade with a bar of dry soap to reduce friction. To reduce splintering when cross-cutting, place the board so that the growth rings arc downward.


1.Using a sharp pencil and a combination square, mark the cutting line across the top edge of the board.

2. Set the board on sawhorses, with the waste section on the outside. Allow several inches, of clearance for the sew.

3. Place the end of the blade nearest the handle just outside the pencil line. Begin the cut with a few short strokes toward you.

4. Once a groove has been formed   use longer strokes, pressing down on push strokes and relaxing on pull strokes

Here's a crosscutting guide that keeps a handsaw cutting straight and at the correct angle. Rest the jig on the work and let its face guide your saw blade.

To hand-saw a thin slice from the end of a board, clamp a longer piece of scrap wood underneath it and cut through both pieces. This will make the task much easier.

If your handsaw begins to bind as you cut with the grain, insert a screwdriver into the end of the kenf (the channel made by the blade) to hold it open.

When sawing a board here's how to prevent a saber saw blade from breaking when you cola circle out of plywood. Make straight cuts from the edges of the wood to the circumference. Space the cuts about 30 degrees apart, in alignment with the diameter. The waste will fall off in sections as you cut the circumference, relieving stress on the blade. Having a hard time starting a hacksaw in metal? Nick the edge of the material with a file.

When using a hole-saw drill attachment, avoid tearing the back surface of the wood. Drill about halfway through the wood, until the tip of the bit pierces the back surface. Then insert the bit into the opening on the reverse side and complete the hole. To make it easier to cut through knots in wood, rock your saw to change the angle of the stroke.

When using a combination or try square to check that a surface is regular or a corner is right-angled, position the square against the work and hold both up to the light. If light is visible between the square and the work, correct the irregularity by planning or sanding the work's edge.Thanks for reading this page on sawing a board. More basic carpentry tips to come in the near future.