The 'Back' in the term Back (Saw) or
the back of the saw refers to the top length of the saw blade.
With dovetail, tenon, gents and other specialist saws this usually refers to a steel or brass spine running along the top of the blade.
refers to the bottom length of the saw blade; the length of the blade
with the teeth.
The Toe refers to the furthest
end of the saw blade where the tip of the blade is.
The Heel refers
to the part of the saw blade nearest to the handle.
The Saw Teeth are the series of sharp
points on the bottom edge of the saw blade ('Front').
The Gullet is the gap or the
valley between each saw tooth.
TPI = Teeth Per Inch.
Saws are usually measured by the number of teeth there are in an inch.
The fewer the teeth per inch the rougher the cut, the more teeth per inch the finer the cut.
The Kerf is how far the teeth are splayed
outwards, basically the width of the cut.
For most saws a Kerf which is wider than the thickness of the blade is needed.
The Kerf allows the saw to flow through the cut piece of wood because the Kerf on the teeth is wider than the thickness of the blade.
Without this Kerf, the saw is likely to jam (Bind).
The Rake is the angle of the teeth when
looking at the saw from the side.
Binding - There are different meanings for the word 'Binding', in terms of the woodwork 'Binding' word, it means when a tool gets jammed in the wood. It is a term often used with a saw when sawing.
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