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:

  • The different saw sizes
  • Rip tooth vs Crosscut
  • Which saws are the most versatile
  • Which saw is best for you

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.

One Comment

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


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