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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