Trim Saw

A trim saw is an extremely handy tool to have nearby, as it can help smooth out any surface while avoiding the extra mess associated with using a powered sander. Where a sander might leave a groove or depression in the wood, a trim saw can be employed to take off small imperfections without leaving any mess.
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14.4 Volt 5-3/8-Inch Trim Saw with 1 Battery - Bosch 1661
14.4 Volt 5-3/8-Inch Trim Saw with 1 Battery - Bosch 1661

14.4 Volt motor, 3,600 RPM 50° Bevel Capacity. One-handed rear depth adjustment allows accurate depth of set ...

$ 101.99
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Bare-Tool 18-Volt 5-3/8-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Trim Saw - Makita BSS501Z
Bare-Tool 18-Volt 5-3/8-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Trim Saw - Makita BSS501Z

LXT Lithium-Ion provides longer run time, 5x lower self-discharge (for use any time) and 16 firm holding contact ...

$ 179.00
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Tajima GK-G210 G-Saw Folding Handle Contractor Saw, 8.2 Inch Blade
Tajima GK-G210 G-Saw Folding Handle Contractor Saw, 8.2 Inch Blade

Folding handle pull-stroke saw equipped with ultra-sharp, aggressive-cut blades with triple cutting edge teeth. Makes fast work ...

$ 19.50
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Dml - Model: Golden Eagle Trim Saw
Dml - Model: Golden Eagle Trim Saw

Dyanite C-4 Carbide teeth gives 3 to 5 times longer cutting life;Laser Cut Expansion Slots Reduce Noise!;Consistent ...

$ 165.00
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6.5 Amp 5-1/2-Inch Circular Trim Saw - Skil HD5510
6.5 Amp 5-1/2-Inch Circular Trim Saw - Skil HD5510

5-1/2-inch circular saw with left side blade for greater visibility; precision cut helical gears for longer tool ...

$ 216.55
42 4.5
6-Inch Porter-Cable 345 Saw Boss 9 Amp  Circular  Trim Saw
6-Inch Porter-Cable 345 Saw Boss 9 Amp Circular Trim Saw

Designed to cut the most difficult angles; Increased visibility with left hand blade replacement; Powerful 9 Amp, 6,000 RPM ...

$ 569.99
22 4.5
Trim/Detail Double Edge Saw - Shark 10-2205
Trim/Detail Double Edge Saw - Shark 10-2205

Blade is made of high-carbon Japanese Spring Steel; High-Quality Elastomer soft-grip; Recommended for Precision Joinery such as ...

$ 16.64
12 4.5
Saw Folding 7'' Blade
Saw Folding 7'' Blade

Never needs sharpening, highly versatile, it is ideal for cutting firewood, trimming branches at camp or around home, cutting plastic ...

$ 7.56
2 4.5
Porter-cable - Model: 314 Trim Saw
Porter-cable - Model: 314 Trim Saw

Rugged worm gear drive;100% ball bearings;Cuts 1-5/16-inch at 90 degree; 1-1/16-inch at ...

$ 340.05
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Using a powered sander to remove small blemishes in wood is a case of overkill that can lead to even more noticeable imperfections. When this happens to be the case, turn to the trim saw to do a better job. The trim saw is essentially nothing but a very small saw that can be laid flat against a surface. It pays to have a trim saw specifically for the job, however, because other hand saws will most likely be difficult to use on areas so small.

A trim saw has no supporting backbone, so the blade itself is flexible and will fit flush against the surface of wood. The handle of a trim saw is also curved upward, meaning that it does not interfere with the saw itself and allows the blade to lie flush with the surface. Other saws will not go as smoothly against a surface because of their reinforced backbones, as well as handles that may be too large to lie flat against a surface. For true trim work, only the trim saw can do the job right.

When using a trim saw, press lightly against the blade of the saw as you cut away the imperfection in the surface. Keeping a small amount of pressure on the blade itself will keep it from sliding around and going over the part that you need to trim away. Once the imperfection, or "dowel", has been cut away, you can lightly apply a sander to create a perfectly smooth surface.

Applying the sander beforehand may cause the surface to be unevely sanded, which will only lead to further corrections that must be made. Make the cut slowly and carefully with the trim saw, and you should have little trouble. The only trick involved is keeping a finger on the blade to hold it steady throughout the cut.

You can find trim saws very affordably, with the Big Horn 20190 trim saw costing as little as $20. Trim saws are great for the small jobs that require close up attention.


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