Cutting Perfectly Straight Using Hand Saw

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Forum topic by jasonburr posted 01-15-2014 09:20 AM 1175 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2014 09:20 AM

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Hey gang. I am very new to woodworking and an trying to make a crosscut saw hook to help with cutting straight. I am trying to make the saw kerf exactly straight so that I can drop my saw in it to lead crosscuts. I have used a marking knife and pared away to make a wall to ride along. How do I make a perfectly straight cut? I am using a brand new veritas crosscut carcass saw, so I don’t think that is it. It is just a lack of experience.

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#1 posted 01-15-2014 12:12 PM

Remember to relax and let the saw do the work. You are just the guide. Put some scrap wood in your vice and Practice, Practice, Practice. You’ll get it after a while.

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#2 posted 01-15-2014 12:36 PM

It might help to mark a line with a square. It can be beneficial to have a visual reference.

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#3 posted 01-15-2014 01:21 PM

Relax, try to cut on two planes at once, and stand so the saw and your arm make a straight line.

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 01:46 PM

I assume you are trying to make the saw slot in a bench hook. What I did was clamp a board (piece of wood) along the cut line to use as a fence. I doubled checked the positioning with my square, before making the cut. When sawing, follow Ross’s advice, relax, nice easy even strokes.

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 07:25 PM

Hey guys. Thanks for all of your help. Based on some advice I received in the hand tool forum. I have cut a perfectly square kerf in the fence for the hook. You can see the solution here:

Thanks for all.

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