Carpentry by Walter Ian Fischman

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Portable-electric Hand-saw Selecting a Power-saw The hand electric saw is the workhorse of the amateur, though the professional carpenter might give no particular thought to it. Although exact estimates are hard to come by, it's a safe guess that you can do about a hundred times the amount of work with a power-saw as you could accomplish in the same time with a battery of hand-saws. The available assortment lined up on your dealer's shelves may be bewildering: each tool may have more than ten types of blades in various sizes for various purposes.

An additional feature (although not absolutely necessary) is a second knob handle, which is usually positioned some distance from the main supporting handle. This can aid in guiding the tool or in supporting it. U sing the Saw It is preferable to wear goggles with side shields. Adjust the depth of cut so that the saw-blade protrudes no more than ~ inch through the work. Practice maintaining an 34 Carpentry even, forward stroke. Any sort of a zig-zag action will tend to bind the saw in the cut. Make absolutely certain that the work you are cutting is firmly supported.

Make certain, for example, that the saw can cut through a 2x4 at a 45-degree angle as well as a 90-degree angle. This means that the diameter of the blade should be a bit more than 7 inches. Because of this ratio, there are a great many saws on the market with blades 7%1 or 714 inches in diameter. The tool should have a depth adjustment. This feature is needed for making shallow cuts through thin stock, and it is useful when you don't want to saw entirely through a piece of lumber. Check, too, for an angle adjustment so that you can cut miters and bevels.

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