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Whats the best way to cut plywood? would it be with a handsaw (what tpi and length? rip or cross?) or a jigsaw? (I dont want to buy a table or circular saw)

And any health tips? what respirator should I use? Waht filter cartridge? thanks!:thumbsup:
 

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well if you arent going to buy a circular saw, and your choices are either a jigsaw and handsaw, you will get a straighter line with a handsaw.
 

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When I use a handsaw I much prefer one of the Japanese type saws. I can actually cut a straight line with one of those. Those saws are designed to cut on the pull instead of when you push.

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I would find a neighbor who has a circular saw or better yet a table saw. Nice straight cuts! Red
 

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I'd second the motion on a Japanese hand saw (given that you don't want to purchase a circular saw).

However - if your only power tools choice is a jigsaw, you can make very straight cuts by using a straightedge (or an edge guide) as a fence. Trying to cut a perfectly straight line free hand with a jigsaw is an exercise in futility.

As far as dust goes - if you're cutting with handtools, I wouldn't worry about it - if your using power tools, a cheap throw away particle mask is more than sufficient.
 
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