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      So many people think of circular saws and jigsaws when they hear the word "saw." It's true that power tools provide the power you need to get the job done. But hand saws and blades are needed, too. They have valuable roles to fill when it comes to woodworking and home improvement projects. These are not your father's saws and blades. Today's blades and saws have modern features to make your work less painful. So how do you know which hand saw you need for the project you're about to tackle? Let Sears help you figure it out.

      When people think of a stereotypical saw, it is usually a rip saw. You'd want to use it if you are going to be cutting plywood with the wood grain, and you'll end up with just a slightly rough edge. Typically, there are up to seven teeth per inch on blades ranging from 24 to 26 inches. A close cousin to the rip saw is the cross cut hand saw, which looks similar but has a higher angle on the blade. Cross cut hand saws have up to 11 teeth per inch and give you a smoother edge, because of the angle of the teeth. However, it's not as rough and tough as the rip saw.

      A bow saw has a high-tension blade of steel attached to a piece of metal shaped like a bow. It will cut wood in any direction you choose. You'll need a coping saw for coping joints. You'll find thin blades on its deep steel tension frame. With it, you can make intricate cuts. So you can also grab it for fine woodcutting projects.

      Also review the panel saws we have for you here at Sears. Also called box or short cut saws, they are shorter than a cross-cut saw. However, you can still use it when cutting across the grain. A back saw looks a lot like the box saw. To give the saw more durability, there is a rigid piece on the back. When cutting molding and trim, this is the saw to choose. It's also good for fine woodcutting. Another great saw for molding and trim is the pull saw. As the name suggests, you will be cutting on the pull stroke. That will give you more control, which is why it's also good for fine woodcutting.

      A keyhole saw is the tool to grab off your workshop pegboard when making a circle or cutting curves. Notice the thin blades. That's what makes it so good for holes, circles and curves. A dovetail saw looks somewhat similar. It has a rigid back and fine teeth, making it a good choice for wood joint cutting. Along the lines of the keyhole saw, the compass saw cuts circles and curves, too. The difference is it has coarser, longer blades. So instead of using it for delicate work, you would choose it for cutting a hole in subflooring, such as when installing plumbing.

      Among these saws you'll find the drywall saw, hack saw and mini hack saw. When you have a woodcutting job on your to-do list, don't just think power saw. But if you need power saws, we have them, too, such as millwork tools and table saw accessories. Sears knows you need power and hand tools, so we carry everything you need to get the job done.

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