by Mary Chairs March 07, 2018
For thousands of years, human beings have been using handsaws for woodworking and cutting a variety of different types of materials. Through the ages, saws have evolved from crudely built serrated edges made from things like sea shells and flint to precision engineered blades that are incredibly effective and long-lasting. It wasn’t until the invention of electricity and the subsequent development of power tools that anyone had ever imagined a world in which handsaws were obsolete. However, while there are modern applications in which power saws are often the best way to go, there are many situations and circumstances where using a handsaw is safer, smarter and more efficient.
WHAT ARE HANDSAWS USED FOR TODAY?
It’s common knowledge that power tools such as circular saws and band saws are capable of far higher productivity with less physical effort than handsaws. But there are also many factors and limitations with power saws including noise levels, the quality of the cut and portability that ensure there’s always a time and place for woodworking with a handsaw. A quality handsaw makes jobs such as crosscutting moldings, cleaning out dovetails and flush cutting dowels and pegs faster, cleaner and safer.
There are myriad different types and sizes of blades for working with wood and other materials. For instance, coping saws have a very narrow blade that makes it possible to perform cuts in hard-to-reach places, while crosscut saws provide a smoother and cleaner finished surface when cutting wood perpendicular to the grain. Whether you’re using traditional hand saws, back saws or frame saws, you benefit from the ability to take multiple tools with you on the job and increase mobility and flexibility since you don’t have to worry about a power source.
BENEFITS OF USING A HANDSAW
Whether you’re a do-it-yourself craftsperson, general contractor, carpenter or anyone else with cutting applications, it pays to know how to use a handsaw with proficiency. These types of fundamental skills make you a more accomplished and valuable employee and enhance your ability to perform quality work in just about any environment. Being able to reach for a handsaw rather than have to take materials to a workshop or location where you are storing your power saws helps you get more done. Plus, if the power goes out for an extended period or you’re working in an area where noise levels are an issue, woodworking with a handsaw keeps productivity moving forward.
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