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What is the ‘finish’?

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Man crossing the finish line - no not that kind of finish! The term ‘finish’ refers to the overall appearance of the material after it has been cut with a hand saw. When learning about hand saws, you may come across the terms ‘rough’ finish and ‘fine/clean’ finish.

What is a rough finish?

rough finish A generally untidy or uneven look with ragged edges or an uneven surface caused by the material’s fibres becoming splintered or torn. (Easily done in wood or drywall). A rough finish may not matter to you if the material is not going to be used decoratively, and sometimes, if the finish is not too rough, it can be smoothed by sanding away the ragged or sharp edges.

What is a fine or clean finish?

fine or clean finish
A fine finish is a neat clean cut with minimal splintering or tearing of the material’s fibres.
Cutting material that will eventually be on display A fine finish may be important if:

1. You want to make very precise cuts (when cutting intricate shapes or cutting along a marked line).

2. You’re cutting a material that will eventually be on display (i.e picture frames or floorboards).

A rough finish may affect how well the two materials fit together 3. You’re cutting a piece of material designed to fit precisely with another, and a rough finish may affect how well the two materials fit together (i.e. a dovetail joint).

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