What Saws Do You Need?

In this video, I detail the different types of saws available, their uses and their limitations. By the end of the video, you should have a good understanding of what to look for when buying a saw to ensure you don't waste your money on the wrong thing.

This lessons objectives:

My recommendations


Unlike the planes and chisels, a higher price doesn't necessarily mean a better saw. A prime example of this is Japanese saws which are usually quite affordable and perfect for beginners. I personally prefer using a wester push saw simply because it's what I trained with. But I would encourage you to try both and see that you prefer.


Japanese Saws

Western Style Saws

If you're interested in knowing what my 5 favourite tools for hand cut joinery are. Have a look at this video.


  • Buddy you perfectly explain the difference.I also prefer one should go with the products which he know about and know how to use.
    Keep up the good work!

  • if your on a budget £100 and need to get the basic equipment ie plane 3 or 4 chisels hammer/mallet wouldnt it be better to get a cheap hardppoint panel saw and tennon saw instead off expensive resharpenable saws eg no4 plane £50 stanley chisel set £25 hammer/mallet £5 cheap panel saw £10 cheap tennon saw £10 ?

  • Hi Matt:
    Should we purchase the 14tpi or 20 tpi Veritas Dovetail Saw?

    • 14 tpi from everything I’ve read. 20 tpi is very fine and hard/impossible to sharpen yourself. Paul Sellers recommends the 14tpi veritas


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