How to cut wood

Sawing wooden panels - 5 tips for the perfect cut

1. The right tool

First of all, when sawing wooden panels, you need to select the right saw. The finer and thinner the wooden board, the finer toothed the saw should be. The best way to get long straight cuts is with a hand-held circular saw (€ 108.00 at Amazon *). If the cut is more of a curve or if only a short piece is to be sawed, the jigsaw is the right tool.

2. Fix the workpiece

The wooden plate should be clamped for sawing. If the panel slips back and forth as you work, the cut can easily turn in the wrong direction. With the jigsaw it can happen that a fine saw blade bends or breaks when the wooden plate moves.

3. Straight cuts

Use a guide rail for longer cuts. It is enough to fix a simple board with clamps along the cut edge. Unfortunately, a pencil line is often not enough and you cut sometimes on one side of the line, sometimes on the other, if a long cut has to be made.

4. Avoid fraying

Move the saw slowly through the wood and don't rush. In the case of thin wooden boards, painter's tape that you stick on the cut line can prevent fraying.

5. After sawing

Ideally, it will often not be necessary to regrind the cut edge. However, some grinding may be necessary to avoid splinters. However, you have to be careful not to overdo it. All you want to do is deburr the rough surface a little, especially if the panel is still to be painted. You should therefore ensure that the angle to the cut edge is correct so that the side of the wooden board does not become completely round.

All tips at a glance

1. The right tool
2. Fix the workpiece
3. Straight cuts
4. Avoid fraying
5. After sawing

You can shorten thin wooden boards such as laminate without a saw. There are special laminate cutters that simply cut the wood.

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