Hand Tool Reviews - Studhawk Saw Guide for Cutting Accurate Right Angles and Timber Mitres

Product Review Summary: We were asked to see whether Studhawk would really make a difference to the Home Improver carpenter or indeed, the new apprentice carpenter on site. The problem of cutting a timber joint absolutely square and plumb is one that has haunted DIYer's forever. Find out what we thought of the Studhawk and whether it does indeed help you to make a perfectly straight cut in a piece timber.

Video Review

Video Review of the Studhawk timber and mitre joint cutting guide

Cutting Timber in a Straight Line

When cutting and sawing timber it is easy to mark a right angle across the timber, but when cutting down, it is even easier to have the saw tilted slightly to one side. This is almost impossible to detect as you saw, but by the end of the cut, just one degree out of plumb can mean a very untidy cut such as the one shown in the image above.

We took Studhawk into our workshop to cut a few joints. Not just square cuts in big pieces of wood, but tricky mitres in skirtings and architrave and really fine cuts in timber mouldings. We even tested Studhawk on a piece of pipe to see if it solved the problem of getting a square end on a piece of waste pipe.

Timber cut at an angle that should be straight

Timber joint that should be a straight cut, but has been cut at an angle due to holding saw at a slight angle when cutting

How to use the Studhawk Saw Guide

There are two saw guides in each pack. One guide lets you cut a perfect 90 Degree angle, while the other allows for both internal and external mitre cuts at 45 degrees.

The guides are placed onto the workpiece and the saw placed alongside the guide fence. A slow cutting motion with very gently pressure against the fence will ensure an accurate cut right through the timber.

The Studhawk is made of incredibly durable material which will not twist as you cut and the built in palm plate allows you to hold the Studhawk firmly against the timber so there is absolutely no movement whatever as you cut.

Using a Studhawk saw guide to cut a perfect right-angle

The Studhawk allows accurate cutting of right angles and mitres

This cannot be said of the time honoured mitre block. After only a few uses the slot in the mitre block tends to get cut and enlarged allowing the saw to move about and producing cuts which are neither square, nor accurate to the measurements required.

As the image below shows, the 45 degree Studhawk is placed on the workpiece showing a fully upright saw guide to lay the saw against for the perfect mitre cut. It is impossible really for the saw to go anywhere else other than straight down which is what is required for pretty much every joint used in carpentry.

Using the Studhawk saw guide for mitred joints

The Studhawk saw guide gives perfect mitres every time

The Features of the Studhawk Saw Guide

Key features of the Studhawk cutting system

The key features that make up the Studhawk cutting guide

When you buy a Studhawk saw guide kit you get a well presented package of two guides. One guide is for producing 90 degree or right-angle cuts and the other is a 45 degree guide designed to cut mitres. Each piece is really well cast in a very durable plastic which will stay true to it's form through hundreds and hundreds of cuts.

We even took the Studhawk out onto site and gave it to a couple of chippies who (although sceptical at the start) realised this was a great little tool for training their apprentices and other novice carpenters.

Using the Studhawk to cut a 90 degree angle

Cutting a 90 degree angle in a piece of timber using the Studhawk saw guide

Using the Studhawk to cut a 45 degree angle

Cutting a 45 degree angle in a piece of timber using the Studhawk saw guide

DIY Doctor Opinion of the Studhawk Saw Guide Kit

An outstanding piece of innovation. There are not many people, outside of professional carpenters that will be able to cut a perfectly square and plumb piece of timber by instinct alone.

Sawing timber is seen to be an easy task until one tries to form a joint which is to be on show! Then it is absolutely obvious that, even if the cut is only one millimetre out of line, the bad joint shows up like a saw thumb!

Before Studhawk, joiners shops everywhere have mitre blocks, chop saws, Tri-Squares, Combination squares, Carpenters squares and while we are not saying that these tools are now obsolete, we are saying that no joiners shop, carpenters shop or even carpenters toolbag should be without a Studhawk.

They are light as a feather, easy to slot in your pocket or in your belt, can be used on the workbench or on in-situ work pieces and are a great help when quick, accurate cuts are required. Needless to say, all of our lads now own one!! Most certainly worth its 5 stars!

You can purchase the Studhawk saw guide twin pack set from our very own DIY superstore here.

The Doctor's Opinion

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5 Stars (5 out of 5 stars)

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