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Western Back Saws

Walk into just about any hardware store and you’ll probably find a back saw sitting on a shelf. But if you’re looking for a saw that can cut straight and stay on a line, a hardware store-variety back saw is probably going to fall short.

You can find better-quality back saws in most woodworking catalogs. Even here though, there’s a wide range of prices and quality.

Out of the saws we looked at, two brands consistently came to the top — Lie-Nielsen and Adria Toolworks (see below). Although both of these saws cost a bit more than other brands, the results you get are well worth it.


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