Super-Accurate Hand Sawing

When its risky or awkward to saw joints with a circular saw, use this technique to cut joints by hand. Youll be churning out sharp cornered joints.

The Family Handyman

When its risky or awkward to saw joints with a circular saw, use reader Mary Flanagans technique to cut joints by hand. Practice a little first on a scrap board and youll soon be churning out sharp cornered joints like an old-world craftsperson. Heres how:

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Clamp the workpiece securely.

Mark the notch or tenon with a pencil and square.

Hold the saw at a 45-degree angle to the end of the board and saw into each upper corner along the layout lines, following both pencil lines to the bottom corners.

Finish the cut by sawing downward, using the preliminary cuts to hold the saw on the line.

Use this technique on both the horizontal and the vertical cuts to create a squared-off notch or tenon every time.