Hand Saw Cross Cut Jig

I must admit that although I constantly use hand planes and could not live without one in the shop, I rarely use hand saws.  Part of this is to be honest because I don’t use them a lot and just I don’t feel that comfortable using a hand saw.  Now I realize that what I need is just more practice and since I do consider myself to be a hand tool user, it is time I get to practicing.

The hand saws I had in my shop were cheap and ended up causing more tear out than wood cutting so I decided if I was going to dive into the world of hand saws it was time to get a good one.  I bought I Lie Nielsen 12″ Tenon Saw, like all Lie Nielsen tools it is a beautiful tool that will last me my lifetime.

The first few cuts were mediocre at best while I got the feel of the saw and I realized that I needed a little help.  I decided that I needed a jig to help in keeping the blade aligned and straight.  To do this I used an 8/8″ oak board with a 3/4″ board on the side dropped down 1/2″.  The 8/8″ stock gives me a high enough guide that allows for a solid rest for the saw.  To make the cut I simply glide the saw against the jig and slowly drop to the wood.
With this simple guide I was immediately making fast, accurate, and smooth cuts.  Below is a video of the jig and saw in action.
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5 Responses to “Hand Saw Cross Cut Jig”

  1. High Rock Woodworking
    June 3, 2011 at 1:41 am #

    Good points Andy. I will be the first to admit my hand saw skills are my weak point. So if you will notice I have posted a new blog entry with a challenge to myself on hand cutting for the next 30 days.

    Thanks for stopping by and for the helpful comments.

  2. Andy from Workshopshed
    June 1, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Looks like you were in a bit of a rush with that hand saw, it appeared to be jumping. You'll get better results with longer strokes and a medium pace and the saw will go where you want it to.

  3. High Rock Woodworking
    May 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Thanks Dyami. I am kind of proud too on this post as it has my first video. Not the greatest but it was fun! Gotta start somewhere.

  4. Dyami
    May 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Nice jig, Chris. The mobile site looks great too!

  5. Dyami
    May 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Nice jig, Chris. The mobile site looks great too!

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