How to Cut a Straight Line in the Wood

When it comes to carpentry, it’s not only about knowing how to hammer nails or put things together but also knowing how to take them apart and make cuts in wood. Most people know that using a handsaw is no easy feat to do accurately and cleanly and default to a power tool. However, power tools may fail, and it is important to learn the basics by starting by hand. Even seasoned veterans can still refine the basic mechanics to cut a straight line by hand

In this article,  you will learn different tips on how to cut a block of wood straight with a handsaw. 

  1. Secure the Wood: Find a stable surface with an overhang, and use a clamp or weights to secure the wood. The wood should be fastened properly to ensure it does not wiggle and makes cutting precisely easier.
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  1. Plan the Cut: Measure, and draw a straight line where it is needed. A tape measure, carpenters pencil, and speed square are recommended to ensure a right angle cut.
straight line in the wood
  1. Grip the Saw Properly: Hold the saw firmly with your dominant hand, and use your other hand to hold the table, or wood more secure. This will give you better control and accuracy in cutting the wood.
straight line in the wood
  1. Begin Slowly: Starting on the far side of the wood, begin to cut and watch as a groove starts to form. You should be at roughly a 40-degree angle down for an optimal starting position.
straight line in the wood
  1. Speed Up: As it starts to get deeper and you find your rhythm you can begin to speed up. However, as you approach the end slow down so it does not rip through nor hit yourself. 
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As you practice these steps, you will gradually improve your skills and your cuts will become cleaner and more efficient. Practicing is the key and scrap wood is a great way to increase your skills. Remember to stay safe and wear protective equipment and keep your fingers and hands away from the saw blade. 

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