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.