Best Saws For Cutting Wood: My Top Picks!

Best Saws For Cutting Wood: My Top Picks!

If you are going to do woodworking, one of the most important pieces of equipment that you must have in your garage is a few different saws for cutting wood. This is especially true if you are looking to make intricate shapes out of the wood pieces.

Anyways, we have decades involved in the Engineering, metal fabrication, and design businesses, and we also have experience with woodworking too. These are the saws we believe are best for woodworking.

Recommended Saws For Cutting Wood and Shapes: Our Top Picks!


BLACK & DECKER BDEJS600C Smart Select JigSaw: This is my recommendation for beginners looking for a jigsaw. The main appeal of this saw is the fact that it’s so very easy to use. I have contacted a few folks that bought this for their first jigsaw, and they didn’t have any problems learning how to use it. It’s also a great choice because it’s significantly more affordable than many other choices on the market.

Band Saw

WEN 3959 2.5-Amp 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw: Unlike jigsaws, band saws are much more suited for bigger pieces of wood and bigger projects in general. This WEN 9-Incher is the one that I would recommend you get for your first band-saw. Just keep in mind that you get what you pay for with this saw. It will get the job done but there are band saws out there that will cut wood much more precisely and more smoothly. Of course, these will also have 4 figure price tags, making this a great value considering what you can do with it. 

Scroll Saw

WEN 3921 16-inch Two-Direction Variable Speed Scroll Saw: One of my favorite tools, the scroll saw will prove very handy if you are trying to carve intricate details on a piece of wood. Scroll saws require a very steady hand, and they can be pretty challenging to use for the first time. Not this one though. WEN knew who was going to be buying this, and they made it very easy to use and as smooth as possible. The only problem that you are going to have with this is doing inside cuts. This is something that has been noted before by several users of this, but it ain’t that big of a deal unless you are working on more complicated and time consuming projects. If you have problems with it, it might be wise to instead just use a fret saw instead.

Coping Saw

Olson Saw SF63510 Coping Saw: A coping saw is used to make intricate shapes in wood, and interior cutouts too. Unlike scroll saw, it’s not power operated, which some people prefer. You can do a lot of cool designs with this tool, and any woodworker should have one in his tool box. This one from Olson is ideal for cutting smaller pieces of wood. Getting a smaller saw also has the added benefit of being much more affordable. This one is under 25 bucks.

Fret Saw

Knew Concepts 5″ Woodworker Fret Saw: Fret saws are very similar to coping saws, but they are generally used for smaller pieces of wood that require finer and more delicate work. Unlike coping saws, I recommend that you spend a little bit more on a fret saws. There are a lot of cheap ones out there, so I would personally advise that you make sure you buy one that lasts, like this one.

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