How to Use a Handsaw

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A handsaw has a wide variety of applications in general home remodeling and maintenance. Learn how to use a handsaw with help from a home remodeling expert in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Chris Palmer. Welcome to Chris's Workshop. Today I'm going to show you how to use a handsaw. This is a Japanese pole saw. It cuts on the pole stroke not on the push stroke, so keep that in mind as you're laying it into your cut. Take your measurement, use a square to draw a line, get your blade on the line. Remember you always want to cut on the waste side of your work. You don't want to subtract the blade width from the piece you just measured. Start nice and slow at a little bit of an angle, make sure the blade is square and straight up and down in relation to your workpiece. Start slowly so the slaw develops its own kerf and then once the kerf is going, the saw will ride in the kerf you've made. As you get to the end of the cut, slow down a little bit so you don't get tear out as the blade exits the wood. And that's about it. You just made a really nice cut.

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