Tool Box Essentials: A Brief Guide to Saws

Every DIYer's tool box should include a couple of saws. Whether you want to keep it simple with a basic hand saw or feel the power of a buzzing circular saw in your hands, here's a quick little guide to get you started.


If you're looking for a saw to have on hand for small jobs, a simple hand saw may be enough for you. A hand saw will suffice to chop off table legs, trim the Christmas tree base and other quick DIYs. Warning: cutting with a hand saw is a laborious endeavor -- but it will help you connect with your inner pioneer. Shown here: Stanley 15-inch Hand Saw from Lowe's,


If you're going the hand saw route, you'll also find that a miter box, when paired with a back saw, is a great tool to have around. Perfect for cutting trim, molding and frames. You'll want a box that includes clamps or can be screwed to a wooden table. Shown here: Stanley Clamping Miter Box with Saw from Lowe's 


The Jigsaw is a good all purpose saw to have on hand. It's small and apartment friendly (or, as apartment friendly as any saw can be) and can be used for both curved shapes and, with a straight edge, can be used to cut mostly straight lines.  Shown here: Skil 5.0A Orbital Jigsaw with Light from Home Depot.


For big cutting jobs (think trimming hardwood flooring or cutting big sheets of plywood), you may want to invest in a circular saw. It'll be easier to cut straight lines than with a jigsaw and it'll make short work of the job. Shown here: Dewalt Cordless Circular Saw from Ace Hardware


Band saws come in two styles: floor models and portable. If you lack a proper workspace, you'll probably want a portable band saw. It can be used to cut intricate shapes in short order. If you do have the space for it, opt for a larger band saw with stand. Shown here: Milwaukee Deep Cut Band Saw AC with Case from Home Depot

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