How to Master the Backsaw
Master the backsaw and cut all kinds of joints quickly
Synopsis: You may be replete with power tools, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a backsaw. A backsaw can cut joinery just as quickly as a tablesaw or router when you are making a single piece of furniture. It makes even better sense for difficult joinery like angled tenons, where a tablesaw and routing jigs would require too many fussy setups. And there are parts, like bed rails, that are just too big to tenon on a tablesaw. Follow these tips from handsaw pro Chris Gochnour and you’ll soon be using a backsaw as quickly and accurately as any power tool you own, and with much less noise.
There’s no doubt that power tools like the tablesaw and router are efficient and put perfect joinery within the reach of even the newest woodworker. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need a backsaw. With a bit of…