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post #1 of 5 Old 09-24-2013, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Question Correct handsaw

Could someone recommend the correct handsaw to use to cut birch
plywood. Someone recommended the Japanese Plywood saw from Lee Valley. I've never used it and I'd like a 2nd opinion before I buy it.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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It would help if you told us what you were attempting to do. Size could matter.

Normally we don't think of a particular saw type for a species.

Use the right tool for the job.

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I need to cut shapes out of pieces of birch plywood. The pieces of plywood are about 10" X 8". I do not know which handsaw to buy.
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If these are curves you probably need a coping saw if the parts are small or a turning saw / bow saw if the parts are large.

I've not had much success cleanly cutting plywood with hand saws, but I'm still working on technique. You may want to look into a jig saw or band saw depending on the scale of your plans.
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A coping saw would allow you to scroll cut with detail. But if the curves aren't tight radius I'd use a jig saw instead.

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