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Panel saws are really slightly downsized versions of handsaws. When a full size handsaw is unwieldy or you need a greater depth of cut than a tenon saw, it's time to reach for the panel saw. Generally, panel saws have finer teeth than handsaws but are coarser than a tenon. The Lie Nielsen panel saw has a taper ground blade from 0.8mm to 0.66mm thick. Coupled with a fine 0.13mm set it does its job perfectly. The weight and balance are spot-on and the curly maple handle nicely shaped. The teeth are sharpened for crosscutting and saws available with either 8 or 12tpi. The blade is 500mm long, and the saw 615mm long overall.
13 March 2013
Excellent productI have the 12 ppi cross-cut saw, which is very light and fits my large hand perfectly. This is the panel saw I wish I had always had. It cuts through oak and beech effortlessly, producing a very clean cut. Even sawing 6mm plywood produces a good finish. Although light in weight it requires no pressure to operate correctly, and cuts are easy to start. Totally out-classes my old Pax.