Lee Valley Tools Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 5
July 2007
The Three Kinds of Saw Cuts

Second-Class Saw Cuts
This class of cut is used when accuracy is important, such as when sawing the cheeks of a tenon or a lapped dovetail joint inside a case piece. The results of your cut will be buried in the mortise or in the dovetail socket, so appearance isn't of primary importance.

Begin by marking your cut with a knife all around your work. Then, at the corner where you will begin your cut, place a chisel in your knife line with the bevel of the chisel facing the waste. Press the chisel into the work, remove the chisel and then come back and pare a triangle of waste that leads up to that corner.

Now place your saw in this notch and begin cutting. The notch ensures you begin the cut correctly, which is the most difficult part of sawing.


Second class sawing.
Second class sawing: Place the bevel of the chisel toward the waste and press the tool in. A 1/16" or 3/32" depth of cut will do.


Removing corner waste.
Remove waste at the corner: Pare away a triangular wedge of material. This notch helps start your saw accurately.
  Sawing true.
Sawing true: If you begin a saw cut in the right place, your chances of finishing in the right place increase.

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