Starting Larger Saws


Starting on the Push Stroke

Starting a saw on the push stroke is essential for precise cuts. But this can be more difficult with larger/coarser pitched saws. The principle of unweighting the toe of the saw remains the same but the bigger teeth make things a big harder. A few simple exercises and adjustments can be all it takes to get the saw smoothly starting. 5-10 minutes of practice will cement this skill.

Just remember that the larger and coarser the saw, the less important precision actually is. So if you struggle with this technique, cut yourself some slack. It is in the back saws and joinery work where precision really counts.

Questions? To the Community!