Making wonky cuts with a hand saw is frustrating.
But straight cuts are harder than they look. And unfortunately, inaccuracies hurt the overall quality of your work.
No need to worry, though. Because a simple jig can be an absolute game changer for accurate hand sawing...
And it all starts with magnets.
Years back, I made what I call the "hand saw crosscut sled" (you can watch the build video above).
It features a fence that locks onto a key on a baseboard — and magnets on one edge.
Your workpiece rests against the fence, and the magnets hold your hand saw at 90° while you cut. For more versatility, I also made a fence for 45° miter cuts.
The results are honestly pretty mind-blowing.
With this jig alone, you can get perfectly square crosscuts and dead-nuts accurate frame miters — without having to use a shooting board.
The best part is that it's super inexpensive to make. A couple scrap boards and a few magnets are all you need (though I do recommend high-quality magnets like these).
If you've ever been frustrated by hand saws, I promise this jig will have you reaching for them with joy again.
Because it's easy to forget... but the reason we woodwork is because we enjoy it (mind blowing, I know).