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What kind of ‘finish’ do you want?

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The finish refers to the overall appearance and texture of the material after it has been cut. For more information, see the section What is the ‘finish’? 

For a rough finish…

Saw with few teeth per inch You should select a saw with fewer teeth per inch (approximately 1 to 7 TPI).
Large teeth and a rough finish The teeth are usually larger, and so can cut  through and remove more material per stroke, but will leave a messy finish as a result.

For a fine (clean or neat) finish…

Fine finish use a saw with more teeth per inch You should select a saw with more teeth per inch (approximately 10 or more TPI).
small teeth and a fine finish The teeth will usually be smaller and so will cut and remove more material per stroke.

The cutting process will take longer but a finer finish will be produced. For more information on TPI, see our section: What is TPI?