Although traditionally associated with cutting wood, many types of handsaws can cut through a variety of building materials, including metal and stone.
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In the past, you needed a ripsaw to cut with a wood grain, a crosscut saw to cut across the grain, and a panel saw to cut large sheets of plywood. The crosscut teeth on a modern panel saw combines all three functions because it cuts on both the push and pull strokes. When the blade gets dull, don't throw it away, use it to cut softer materials such as drywall or insulation sheets.
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