Choosing a hand saw.
In addition to making the job easier, using the proper hand saw will make for a better finished product, and will often contribute to job safety. The size and accuracy of a cut is determined by the number of the saw's teeth, also called points, their size and setting. If you want to rough-cut a piece of wood and aren't concerned with what it looks like, a saw with large widely spaced teeth, will do the job. If, on the other hand, you're doing interior trim work like crown mold or chair rail, use a fine-toothed saw. And remember, having the right saw is only half the battle. Keep the saw sharp and store it in a location where the blade won't be damaged by other tools. If the saw must be stored in a tool box with other tools, invest in a blade guard.