What is an angle guide?

 

     
     
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Some hand saws are designed so that you can mark out 45 or 90 degree angles using the handle and the back of the blade

 

Below are two examples of how to use the angle guide on a hand saw:

 
     
   

Marking a 90° angle

 
 Hand saw with an angle guide 

Step 1 - Butt saw handle

Butt the saw handle up against the side of the material you want to mark.

 
     
 Marking a 90 degree angle 

Step 2 - Mark your line

Holding the saw in place with one hand, use the back of the blade to mark out a straight line across your material.

 
     
 

Stencil on hand saw

 

Alternatively, you can use the line stencil in the centre of the blade, which also produces a 90 degree angle

 
     
 Marking the 90 degree angle 

Step 3 - Remove the saw

Remove the saw, and you're left with a 90 degree angle.

 
     
   

Marking a 45° angle

 
 Butt the saw handle 

Step 1 - Butt saw handle

Butt the saw handle up against the side of the material you want to mark, as seen in the previous section.

 
     
 Marking a 45 degree angle 

Step 2 - Mark your line

Holding the saw in place with one hand, use the angled edge of the blade nearest to the handle to mark out a straight line across your material

 
     
 Stencils on hand saw 

Alternatively, you can use the two stencils in the blade, which both produce a 45 degree angle.

 
     
 Remove the saw and your left with a 45 degree angle 

Step 3 - Remove saw

Remove the saw, and you’re left with a 45 degree angle.

 

 
     
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