How to buy, use and sharpen this basic tool
Synopsis: “Backsaw” is a generic name for any handsaw with a metal stiffening strip along its top edge, opposite the teeth. Ian J. Kirby says it’s a versatile tool for cutting tenons, dovetails and other joints, and for clean crosscuts. He divides backsaws into two groups — tenon saws and dovetail saws– and describes sizes and styles available. If you buy one by mail, he says, be sure to check it carefully for misalignment and straightness. He explains how to grip it and position or clamp the work to be sawn, both with the grain and crosscutting. He offers specific tips on cutting tenons and dovetails and problems that often plague beginners. Side information explains how to sharpen a backsaw.
Backsaw is the generic name for any handsaw with a metal stiffening strip along its top edge, opposite the teeth. A backsaw works like any handsaw that cuts on the…