Three Must-Have Saws for Woodworkers

Woodworking is a fantastic way to indulge in a part time hobby or a spend all of your time on your full-fledged passion. With such a wide variety of projects available for crafting, you could certainly spend countless hours creating all sorts of fantastic home improvement projects. But without the right tools, your projects are going to fall short of perfection. With these three saws, you can be sure to get the most out of any woodworking project.

Miter Saw

A miter saw is one of the top woodworking tools in the world. Used for a huge variety of cutting styles and employing a wide selection of cutting techniques, a miter saw is one of the top cutting tools of all time. Miter saws come in many styles that offer many different features. Look for a miter saw that has a compound cutting system as well as large fence to blade ratio. The bigger the saw, the easier it is to cut trim pieces against the fence versus having to lay them flat against the table. I prefer a double bevel sliding miter saw like this one from DeWalt.

Table Saw

Another super versatile tool, the table saw is a must have for any serious woodworking. Besides ripping and cutting, a table saw can perform dado cuts using a stacked dado blade set. With a dado, you can create tight fitting joints and even dovetail joints with the right setup. Create tapered chair legs, angled crosscuts and beveled edges in just seconds with a powerful top of the line table saw. But a table saw is only as good as the fence that aligns the blade against the material. I prefer a ratcheted table saw with a guide that holds the material square against the blade every time. DeWalt and Makita both have great ratcheted guard table saws.


Jigsaw technology has come a long way since their early days. Nowadays, jigsaws have many features like cordless technology and laser lighted work surfaces that bring this tool out as one of the top cutting saws for woodworking. Jigsaws work great for cutting curves, back cuts and circles. By using a drill to start an inner cut, all sorts of gingerbread styled cuts can bring life to even the dullest of woodworking projects. Jigsaws can also be used to create all sorts of tight inside cuts that no other handheld saw can do. Cordless battery powered jigsaws like these work great for amateur and master woodworkers alike.

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