This instructable was written by my maker class students to encourage people to learn to use hand tools. 

People often think they need an electric saw to make cuts. All you really need is a simple handsaw in your toolkit. It has many advantages as you do not need to run an extension cord or charge its battery. Risk of serious injury is minimal compared to power tools. This step by step will tell you how to make a straight cut through a piece of wood. It will take some practice but once you get good you might find yourself using a handsaw instead of getting out that circular saw. This is also great for kids to get started on woodworking.  You will need:

Sharp saw (if your saw is dull it will be difficult to cut)
Carpenter's square
A board to cut

Step 1: Mark the wood

First make a straight line on the wood with a square exactly where you want to make the cut.
That is a good tip. We will add that in.
As an added tip, you should try to extend your index finger forward resting it along the handle in the direction of the saw blade (like you are pointing at someone) as it gives you more control and generally gives you a straighter cut.
I have a cordless circular saw.

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