Saw Guide – Which Saw To Use When

Depending on the nature of a project and the material used different saws will be needed. However, knowing which to use can be tricky as it needs to be able to cut the material with ease without chipping or damaging the wood.

We have compiled this saw guide to help you DIYers know what to use in each circumstance – enjoy!


This is a common type of saw that many people own as it can be used for a number of different tasks.
A jigsaw can be used to cut anything from metal to wood, but is best used for hand cutting on items with intricate cuts and curves.  A jigsaw can also cut straight lines, however, if you are planning to cut long straight cuts it will be better to a different tool.

Scroll saw

This is a great tool to have, especially for those working on more intricate artistic projects, as it has a thin blade.  Scroll saws are often used to cut out wooden letters and shapes.

Table saw

Table saws work wonders for cutting long lengths of wood – for example cutting a sheet of MDF down the middle or into smaller strips. A table saw is a bit more costly than other saws but definitely a good investment!

Circular saw

This is an amazing tool can be used to cut short or long lengths, and at any angle. It is best used for accurate cutting of straight lines. The circular saw is a workhorse and can cut long straight cuts in thicker materials. A circular saw can be used to cut chipboard, plywood, laminated wood, hardwood flooring, wooden beams etc.


A mitre saw is personally my favourite saw. This is the saw that one would use to cut boards, flooring, and almost any wood for any project. What is great about this tool is that it can cut angles for things such as door or window frames as well as photo frames etc.
A mitre saw that slides is a bit more costly, but worth it as you can simply clamp down your material and run the saw blade through it.

Circular saws, including the mitre saw, are best for cutting laminate or MelaWood as they do not chip or damage the laminate covering.

Find out more about the different types of wood board and their uses here.



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