Are any of the modern crosscut saw any good?
Are any of the modern crosscut saw any good?
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However, Bahco still makes good bow saws. the Bahco 30" force is probably the best bowsaw/firewood saw still in production.
There's some good information on crosscut saw sharpening in the book "A Manual on Sharpening Hand Woodworking Tools", by J.K Coggin, L.O. Armstrong, and G.W. Giles, The Interstate Printers & Publishers Inc., Danville, Illinois, 1939.
The book can be downloaded free (.pdf) at:
Last edited by Steve Tall; 09-29-2011 at 07:20 PM.
Thanks for posting that Steve. Goes over the gist of sharpening. There is also the whole world of tensioning and hammering, that is to remove kinks and divets and stiffen or lessen the steel of the saw. Thats an extremely skilled and usually quite expensive skill. I use a ball peen hammer and a piece of non-corrugated cardboard layed down on my shop's slab
Good stuff. Can't wait to get my hands on one...and a jointer...and raker gauge...pin gauge...spider gauges...special shaped files...swage hammer...build a vice....phwew, did I miss anything?!
G-pig, do you use a vice for your saws?
Does anyone know what a person could expect to pay to have a saw in decent shape set, swaged, and sharpened? Assuming minimal jointing and no cleaning or straightening?
The intimidation factor has kept me from pulling the trigger on a saw so far...
I'd really like to get the tools and learn to do it myself, but, well, you know.......too many toys, too many activities, too little space and time.
That seems ridiculously cheap. What state are you in?
Edit: I take it you must be near the four corners of AZ, UT, CO, and NM?
Depends on who you get to do it. Some old timers are nice like bjp mentioned. But you could probably go out and spend 100+ dollars if you cared to. I would just do the filing myself, its not that hard. just time consuming.
"Wood Harvesting with Hand Tools
An Illustrated Training Manual"
By: International Labour Office
Published by: International Labour Office Publications Branch CH-1211 Geneva 22 SWITZERLAND
Online at Autonopedia.org
1(b) "Jointer...self-made using a worn file"
1(f) "Setting indicator... self-made
(The self-made setting indicator consists of a piece of wood with three metal pins of the same length in a fixed position and an adjustable screw-type pin.)"
"Filing vises, self-made":
"The Swedish saw vice (2) is built of two boards (2a) enclosing a wedge-shaped centre piece (2b) and connected by three leather straps (2c), Four wooden legs (2d) are screwed on to these boards When the vice is erected, the saw is held between one of the two boards and the centre piece in a vertical or oblique position."
"An engineer's vice can be used as a filing vice by inserting two pieces of wood in a vertical position connected with flap hinges between the vice jaws. An oblique position of the saw can be arranged using two wedges (2)."
[end of quotes from online book]
Mr. Tall, you are the master researcher.
Check out Warren Miller's intructional videos on Vimeo. Definitely the best videos of filing I have ever seen. They walk you through every major process in restoring a vintage saw.
Bringing this thread back with oodles of pictures. I hope I haven't posted any of them already
Disston Toledo 598 felling saw with perf-lance teeth and western handles (mismatched, one atkins and one simonds)
Disston Keystone felling saw with perf-lance teeth and original loop handles, also; hand built (and I mean it, those were originally 10" dead pines) and my little Mann 2 1/4 pounder
Simonds red end 4' bucking saw with tuttle teeth and climax pattern handles
and some noodles
Post yours if you got any!
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Really nice saws there, G!
I've heard that the Champion pattern (images 3 & 4) are better on hardwoods and were more common on the east coast. The lance tooth saws were a west coast thing.
Now you need a one man saw, unless that 48" is stiff enough for one guy to use by himself. But a real one man will have small teeth on the tip to help with starting the kerf.
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