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Workshop

Cut your teeth

To avoid ruining your wood, you need the right saw blade. Here’s how to choose

LIAM MOGAN

TRICKS OF THE BLADE

REAL TOOL

Choosing the appropriate circular saw blade for a woodworking task will improve the quality of the cut. Orientation of wood fibres, a.k.a.the grain, dictates style and placement of teeth on a saw. The ideal way to understand the tooth cutting profile is to hold a saw blade with the teeth facing you in the direction of the cut.

Crosscut Blade When cutting across the grain, you want the saw to sever fibres like a knife. The tooth profile should be an acute angle bevel, which alternates from side to side, like a series of rotating knives. A crosscut blade has evenly spaced teeth of varying frequency. When teeth are more frequent on a blade, each tooth removes a smaller amount of wood, resulting in a smoother cut.

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Back together! Time to reunite with the cottage and all your favourite people and traditions. The Mar/Apr issue gets you ready to kick off a new season! Try these make-ahead breakfasts that let you feed everyone, no matter when they—or you—get up! Come aboard on a one-of-a-kind travelling dinner party Take a look inside a stylish modern update with a cherished family cottage at heart Ramp up your boat-trailering skills for a perfect put-in Navigate getting permits for removing water weeds Get space-saving tips from a tiny, chic DIY cabin Pack smarter: expert tips for weekend warriors Clean your eavestroughs, protect your projects, and build a fender system for your boat Stock up your workshop with a super-grabby glue and the saw blades you need Build a cool mountain-inspired shelf in a day Plus: Real estate 2019: Don’t miss our guide to vacant land to find out what to know before you buy