Precision Hand Saws

Have you ever heard of a precision or a clamping mitre saw? There are a few different alternatives available when it comes to making accurate mitre cuts. If you are skilled enough, then you can of course do these by hand, using some measurements, a good square and a tenon saw.

There is also the option of using a mitre box. There is also another alternative which is usually referred to as a precision saw.

This is an all in one unit that combines a revolving turntable, along with a suitable tenon saw, that is supported by rails and allows you to make really accurate mitre cuts. The main advantage of this option is simply price, as it is much cheaper than paying out for a power saw.

precision mitre saw

As you can see from the image above, this mitre saw comes as a single unit, with both the stand, the table and a saw. By swivelling the base, you can then make varying degrees of cuts. When I started out making mitres I went through the process of doing these manually, as I like to learn the principles behind making all types of woodworking joints.

To speed the process up, I then started using a mitre box. Although that worked very well, it was a bit fiddly to use and that is when I bought one of these. I then used one quite similar to this for about 5-6 years and found it to be accurate and useful.

Who Needs This Type of Precision Mitre Saw?

The ideal person that should buy and use this type of saw would be someone who is decorating their own home, and perhaps doing one room at a time. If you had the money, then of course you should get a powered version, however, if your budget is restricted, then this one will work perfectly well.

Pros

  • They are relatively cheap at around £25-40 depending on which one you buy and where you buy it
  • They are accurate
  • They are pretty simple to use
  • They get the job done and are of course portable
  • Really good for working with small wood like frames and other light materials

Cons

  • You still have to do the sawing
  • They do take up quite a bit of space
  • Not that easy to store away
  • They will rust if left in damp conditions
  • You do have to clamp your work (Except for small pieces)

The Saw Set Guide

Now the normal precision saw that I have shown above does not get the best of ratings and I would not recommend it. These type of saw are almost redundant now and it is very hard to find a good one. I did however find this option and I think it looks and works really well.

stanley mechanical mitre saw

 

It costs £40 and I think that is expensive enough. You can buy a full electric one for £50 so buying this one is probably not the best option.

How To Use A Precision or Clamp Mitre Saw

This video will show you how simple it is to put one of these together. In total it should take about 2 minutes and you are good to go. The different manufacturers have slightly different methods of putting these together, but they are all pretty basic and simple tasks. Many of them come with the rails and the base already assembled. With this saw alone you can do a whole range of jobs around the house.

As you can see it does a pretty good job of making a really good and accurate cut. The only thing you will ever need to do after that is change the blade when it gets blunt. Again most of the manufacturers like Stanley or Faithfull do provide a good enough blade. Depending on the amount of use, they do last a pretty long time.

I did a lot of cutting with the one I had and I think I only had to change the blade 3 times in my 5-6 years of use. These blades do have very find teeth and they are sharp.

Guide Rods

Some of these clamp type saw will have a guide rod which will allow you to cut different depths of wood. This is hand if you are making mortise and tenon joints, or for using on door frames, to accommodate for hinges or locks.

Using A Hand Saw to Cut Crown Moulding

Here is another useful video that shows how to use one of these hand saws to make a really nice picture frame.


As you can see, it does the job perfectly. So as you can see these are a viable option for people who do not want or need to go to the expense of purchasing a power version.