How to safely saw a piece of wood by hand

A handsaw can be used for a variety of construction projects or home improvements including woodworking. Handsaws are best used for cutting pieces of wood and precise shapes – they give you more control to ensure the perfect end result in terms of size and shape.

Safely sawing a piece of wood

It is important to take your time when working with a handsaw and you should be given training to show you how to use the saw properly. You should also be provided with any specialist equipment you may need, such as goggles to protect your eyes from dust and chips. The following steps will help you to saw a piece of wood safely, using a handsaw:

  • Ensure the wood is secured to a saw horse or work bench; using woodworking clamps is a good idea.
  • Measure the wood to be cut and make a pencil mark where the cut needs to be made.
  • Hold your handsaw with the teeth facing down and place it on the wood. Start on the far edge of the cutline – most of the saw’s teeth should be hanging past the cutline. Angle the handsaw down towards the ground.
  • Grip the saw handle in a firm yet relaxed manner with your thumb and three fingers.
  • Hold the wood to be cut with your other hand to keep it secure, but ensure you keep your fingers and hand away from the teeth of the saw.
  • Press down and start cutting through the wood. Move the saw back and forth, checking the saw is on the cutline.
  • Continue sawing and press your saw into the wood more lightly towards the end, so you don’t crack or splinter the wood.

By following these steps, you can ensure that you succeed in sawing a piece of wood safely by hand.

Injuries caused by handsaws

Accidents can happen when working with a handsaw – the most common accidents are cutting your hands or fingers, or someone else who has put their hand in the way. It is important to take your time to avoid accidents happening. If you’re injured by a handsaw at work, you could claim for compensation if the accident was someone else’s fault.

Accident Advice Helpline have more than 13 years’ experience in the personal injury compensation claims industry, so why not call us today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone, and see how we can help you with your workplace accident claim? All our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee*’ basis.

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