Of all woodworking tools, saws, are the most used and all saws fall into one of two categories, being power saws and hand saws. All woodworking plans can be followed by using hand saws but power saws, although not necessary, have made the job easier.

As saws are used so often it is particularly important to purchase good quality saws. When buying any saw it is better to get a good quality saw from a known manufacturer as it will last longer and perform better.

There are many types of hand and power saws that are available and some are listed below:

Crosscut Saw

Used as a general purpose saw the crosscut saw is used to cut across the grain of wood. The crosscut saw has between six to eight sharpened teeth per inch which are set alternately left to right and the cross cut is usually twenty five inches.

Tenon Saw

The tenon saw is also commonly known as a back saw and is another general purpose saw used by woodworkers. The tenon saw is another general purpose saw and is very easy to control and as such woodworkers use it for finer projects. The saw is generally twelve inches long and has approximately fourteen to seventeen teeth per inch.

Coping Saw

The coping saw has a very thin, but hard blade that is fine toothed that is used to cut curves in wood. The woodworker can move the angle of the blade so as to adjust the direction of the cut.

Portable Circular Saw

The portable circular saw is usually used to cut timber quickly and effectively. The saw has circular blades that are between five to nine inches in diameter and a straight fence can be added to cut parallel. Grooves of various depths can be cut by adjusting the blade and angled cuts achieved by tilting the plate.


Jigsaws are mostly used to cut curved lines but can also be used to cut straight lines. Most jigsaws cut by moving their blade up and down but some newer models have started using an orbital action. There are many different blades that can be used for different types of jobs and they are easily changed.

More saws can be found at: Hand Saws and Power Saws

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