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There are a plethora of reasons to choose a hand saw over an electric in certain situations. You can use them to get cleaner cuts, better detail, or might need them when you don’t have access to electricity. Also, if you’re budget-minded, certain hand saws make a whole lot more sense than their powered (and pricier) counterparts.

Some woodworkers are actually dedicated to crafting their pieces in the old style, with no power tools whatsoever. But if you want to get going with hand saws, there are some things you need to know. Here are ten tips to get you on your way.

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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