Everyone knows how to use a hand-saw, Right? Apparently this is not the case. If I do not have a power saw handy there is always the manual powered back-up. You grab a 2X4, put the saw on the line and begin hacking away the piece of wood. At least this is my method. I could use the tips provided recently on woodworking magazine. The high-points are listed below.

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The full article can be read at: http://www.woodworking-magazine.com/blog/How+To+Saw.aspx

Nine Rules of Sawing

1. Use a relaxed grip on the tote. Clenching the handle will push you off your line. Pretend you are holding a baby bird and that you are trying to keep it in your hand without crushing it. That’s about right.

2. Extend your index finger out on the tote. The handle was built for a three-fingered grip, and extending your index finger is good to do with any user-guided tool.

3. Always work so your sawing elbow swings free like a steam locomotive. Don’t work with your arm rubbing your body or move it at an angle to the back of your saw.

4. Whenever possible, work so you can see your line. Try not to let the blade of the saw obscure the line.

5. Use minimal downward pressure. Allow the saw’s weight to carry the cut.

6. Always imagine the saw is longer than it really is. This will fool you into using longer strokes, which will allow you to saw faster and wear your teeth evenly.

7. Whenever possible, advance on two lines (tenons, crosscutting, dovetailing at times). This increases your accuracy.

8. Always work right against a line. Never saw a certain distance away from a line.

9. Lifting the saw a tad on the return stroke clears your line of sawdust.