The rip-saw is used for long-grain sawing, the large crosscut or crosscut panel-saw for cutting across the grain, and the temptation to use the finer tenon- and dovetail-saws for rough work should be strenuously resisted, for more often than not the plank will be gritty. A usual tendency on the part of the beginner is to saw too fast, and in comparison the skilled worker's pace is almost leisurely, but he will cut more wood in the end and it will be accurate. Every effort should be made to saw not only on the line but also truly vertical, as this will save not only
material but a great deal of unnecessary work at later stages. At the commencement of the cut the heel of the saw should be placed on the mark, steadied in the vertical position with the thumb and the kerf established with a few light upward strokes, not forgetting to withdraw the thumb out of harm's way before the full downward thrust is applied to the saw (129). A few strokes with a candle end along the saw-blade will reduce friction and lighten the work.
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