Handsaws - Best Tools for the Weekend Warrior - DIY Essentials - Bob Vila
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The basic handsaw has a blade roughly two feet long that tapers from the heel (at the handle) to its toe. The most common use is simple cutoff work when it’s quicker to grab a handsaw than a power saw. The teeth may be designed for cutting across the grain (crosscut saws) or for cutting with it (ripsaws). A 10- or 12-tooth crosscut saw of 22 inches is a good basic saw that can also rip a board if necessary.