Super-Accurate Hand Sawing

When it’s risky or awkward to saw joints with a circular saw, use this technique to cut joints by hand. You’ll be churning out sharp cornered joints.

The Family Handyman

When it’s risky or awkward to saw joints with a circular saw, use reader Mary Flanagan’s technique to cut joints by hand. Practice a little first on a scrap board and you’ll soon be churning out sharp cornered joints like an old-world craftsperson. Here’s how:

■ Clamp the workpiece securely.

■ Mark the notch or tenon with a pencil and square.

■ Hold the saw at a 45-degree angle to the end of the board and saw into each upper corner along the layout lines, following both pencil lines to the bottom corners.

■ Finish the cut by sawing downward, using the preliminary cuts to hold the saw on the line.

Use this technique on both the horizontal and the vertical cuts to create a squared-off notch or tenon every time.

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