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How to Use a Keyhole Saw

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Learn to cut in tight spaces with a keyhole saw.

Don't miss the video on how to use a coping saw.
This program will help you grasp the basics of woodworking.

Using a keyhole saw for the first time? Help is at hand! This step-by-step video will take you through everything you need to know to cut with accuracy, even in tight spaces.

Music - Gilles B

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How to Use a Keyhole Saw.

In this video, you will learn how to use a keyhole saw.

The keyhole saw is a specialty saw used for cutting in tight spaces and making internal cuts.

It consists of a narrow and pointed blade, which is held by a wooden or plastic handle.

The two key steps are: drilling holes and sawing the mortise.

STEP 1: Drilling holes.

To make a through mortise, start by punching drill points at either end of the mortise.

Drill a hole through the workpiece at both points.

Clean up the ends of the mostise and square the corners using a chisel and mallet.

STEP 2: Sawing the Mortise.

Clamp the workpiece, as shown, to saw between the drilled holes.

Hold the saw with your dominant hand.

Start with shorter strokes using only the narrow tip of the saw.

Once you've made a slot that's deep enough, you can saw more freely along the line.

The blade of the keyhole saw can be flimsy so avoid applying excessive pressure.

When you reach the end of the first cut, start sawing from the opposite edge of the mortise so that the drilled holes are connected from both sides.

You now know how to use a keyhole saw.


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