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Crosscut Saw
In hand tools. A saw for cutting across the grain of timber.
Panel Saw
In hand tools. A smaller version of a crosscut saw used for finer work.

two hand saws

The crosscut is many times referred to as "the hand saw". On many buildings sites carpenters only have one hand saw in their tool kit and it is usually a crosscut. The rest of course being various power saws.

The Sandvik (Sweden) crosscut above has a 26" blade. It has a plastic handle. The slightly concave back makes it an "American Pattern" said to lighten the saw and increase clearance through deep timber. The "English Pattern" has a straight back.

Crosscuts typically have 6-8 points (teeth) per inch.

If our on site carpenter is doing finer work, say second fix mainly then his hand saw will usually be the shorter and finer toothed panel saw. The panel saw is typically 20"-24" long with 9 or 10 points per inch.

Note! The red handled panel saw above is still perfectly usable after having the horn broken off. An accident that might have ruined a wooden handled saw.

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