What is a tenon saw used for? 5 answers to common questions

Person sawing wood secured on workmate with a tenon saw
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What is a tenon saw used for? Surely a saw is a saw and they all do very much the same thing? Well, to a certain degree they do but it’s not that simple. 

There are many different types of saw: wood saws, mitre saws, and circular saws are just a few, with each one designed for different jobs. 

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