I enjoy working with hand tools, and I really like making tools that make my hand-tool work easier. One of the best tools I've made is my bench hook. It makes it a lot easier to get really accurate cuts.
I built mine after reading an article by Chris Schwarz about how to use them, but today I found a video which I think explains it better than any article can. http://blip.tv/popular-woodworking-videos/using-a-bench-hook-1303341
Build one of these out of scrap lumber, pick up an inexpensive hand saw from blue or orange, and you'll be amazed at how easy and trouble-free getting good accurate cuts is.