Best saw for cutting thin wood?


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Old 08-11-10, 06:37 AM
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Question Best saw for cutting thin wood?

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I need to cut a 1" slit in the end of some thin pieces of wood (about 1/2" thickness). This would be going with the grain. What's the best type of hand saw for the job? I've tried a regular general purpose carpentry saw, but that's almost impossible to use.

I think the wood is poplar, if it matters.

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A dovetail saw would probably work well or a backsaw.

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Slits

Secure the wood in a vise or with clamps. Cut the slits with a jig saw using a fine toothed blade.
 
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Could Dremel it too, maybe.
 
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hacksaw would do it .................................................................................................................
 
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I'm ideally looking for a hand tool since I will probably need to purchase it and don't want to fork out the money right now for a power tool.
 
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Any of those mentioned would work...though you didn't mention if you needed just a saw cut wide slit or something wider.

I recommended what I did as the stiff thin blades seem to be easier for me to make thin straight cuts. Plus, you can get them for about $10 or less.
 
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45
Any of those mentioned would work...though you didn't mention if you needed just a saw cut wide slit or something wider.

I recommended what I did as the stiff thin blades seem to be easier for me to make thin straight cuts. Plus, you can get them for about $10 or less.
Just need it the width of the saw cut - no wider. It looks like the dovetail saws are pretty inexpensive. Hopefully it's something I can use for other projects.
 
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A general purpose carpentry saw should work. Perhaps it's dull or damaged?
 
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I have a Japanese-style "pull saw" with a thin, flexible blade and has two different edges. It takes a minute or two to learn to cut on a pull, but the cuts can be very clean and accurate if the material to be cut is held well.

I use it rarely, but it always does a great job for clean cuts when I get smart and use it. Originally bought for undercutting trim while installing laminated floor since the Fein "Multi Tool" was a little too pricey and does not need a cord.

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Ive had one of the Japanese saws for a few years and
I like it a lot
 
 

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