Before wood can be planed, laid out with the design, jointed, fretted and otherwise shaped, it first has to be sawn from the rough board. There are all manner of saws, each designed for a specific task. Because sawing is pivotal to all the other woodworking procedures, it is critical that you build up a good collection of quality handsaws and spend time perfecting the various sawing techniques.
above: The saw set in action.
above: The shape and profile of the crosscut saw results in a scoring-and-slicing cut.
above: The shape and profile of the ripsaw blade results in a chisel-paring cut.
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