Using a handsaw/hand tools, how do i crosscut to finished length a WIDE board without splintering the underside?
I’m delving into using more hand tools rather than power tools. So, I decided to try and build a screech owl nesting box out of cedar scraps I had in my scrap bin using only hand tools.
When it came time to crosscut some of the pieces to FINISHED length I used a sharp cross cut saw #8. BUT the wood splintered terribly on the underside of the piece. I really didn’t mind it since this was ONLY a nesting box but I wondered how you would prevent this from happening if it was a piece of furniture and couldn’t tolerate that splintering.
I searched the net fro the proper technique but to no avail. No one seesm to address this issue. All I saw were statements like”cross cut to finished length” and no mention of the possible splintering and how to deal with it.
Do u cross cut to rough length THEN shoot it with a hand plane on a shooting board? Do you score the cut on the upper side and lower side with a knife before hand sawing to that line? Do you tape the underside first then cross cut?
I used a #8 cross cut (some call them panel saws). The saw is sharp. The splintering /tear out on the underside of the 9″ wide piece resulted in tear outs that varied but were at most approximately 1/2″ long .So even if I rough cut it to length and then used a handplane that would’ve meant trying to handplane away 1/2″ worth of material to get rid of those splinter divots which would be ALOT of work.
So what is the correct way to cross cut a wide board to finished length only using hand tools without tear out/splintering?
Yes I know cedar is splintery but that’s what was available. Regardless of wood choice, how could this be done without splintering?