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    Crosscut Saw Thread


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    In fact, this could pertain to firewood saws in general (no chainsaws, there is plenty of discussion elsewhere on the web!). I would be glad to share what (very) little I know about crosscuts, bowsaws and bucksaws..

    Some pics to get things rolling

    Pile of white pine cut with a CC and double bit axe


    Plaintooth CC working on a pine (fuel also pictured... Not a coke person by the way. just had that on hand)
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    I recently got a couple in good shape that I still need to sharpen, a peg tooth and a modified lance tooth, both around 5' (1-2 man), and a Disston that's only 2-feet long (from before bowsaws came into fashion.) Sorry no photos yet.

    Here's another thread with good information about crosscut saws:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...-Cross-Cut-Saw

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    I have seen a few real short disston pruning saws... Has yours been cut down or was it made that length? The ones I have seen were hardwood patterns, 2 cutters per set.

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    The two-foot crosscut saw is a Disston and Sons No. 32, made that length; it has groupings of 2 teeth separated by rakers.
    Last edited by Steve Tall; 09-26-2011 at 08:54 PM. Reason: correction

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    That's one sweet saw!


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    That's a push cut saw right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shotgun View Post
    That's a push cut saw right?
    Mostly it cuts on the push yes. But the teeth are not filed in one direction or the other, so there is some cutting on the pull too.

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    Old timers called them "misery whip saws". After spending time on them as a kid I understand why......Randy

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    I cut them up into knives ;-)) Me bad .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipeman View Post
    I cut them up into knives ;-)) Me bad .


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    OH!!! I don't even want to hear that....

    I'll trade you "misery whips" for flat stock!!!????

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    If you cut the ones owned by people who despised them, no hard feelings. Don't mess up the good ones though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by church&son View Post
    Old timers called them "misery whip saws". After spending time on them as a kid I understand why......Randy
    That old saying came into use probably around the time when logging camps starting cutting corners and hiring incompetent filers. A good filer would usually earn ten times what the average man in the camp earned. There was a reason for that, that good saws cut more in a day, the work could actually be enjoyed and the moral stayed high. sawing with a bad saw will certainly enlighten you to where the term came from. On the other hand, a good saw cuts almost effortlessly and surprisingly quick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G-pig View Post
    That old saying came into use probably around the time when logging camps starting cutting corners and hiring incompetent filers. A good filer would usually earn ten times what the average man in the camp earned. There was a reason for that, that good saws cut more in a day, the work could actually be enjoyed and the moral stayed high. sawing with a bad saw will certainly enlighten you to where the term came from. On the other hand, a good saw cuts almost effortlessly and surprisingly quick.
    Exactly this! A well-sharpened saw is a joy to use...a dull one is backbreaking misery. Saw sharpening is a fine art form I'm only just dipping my toe in, and it's no small task. I'm actually surprised the camp filer wasn't payed MORE!


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    Quote Originally Posted by FortyTwoBlades View Post
    Exactly this! A well-sharpened saw is a joy to use...a dull one is backbreaking misery. Saw sharpening is a fine art form I'm only just dipping my toe in, and it's no small task. I'm actually surprised the camp filer wasn't payed MORE!
    I spent about 6 hours filing a Disston-Keystone 141 felling saw, that saw will cut a 26" pine in about 2 minutes at a lazy pace. If you hauled you could probably get it darn near a minute.

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    Just yankin your strings guys, I'd never cut up a good old saw, just beaters. ;-))

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-pig View Post
    I spent about 6 hours filing a Disston-Keystone 141 felling saw, that saw will cut a 26" pine in about 2 minutes at a lazy pace. If you hauled you could probably get it darn near a minute.
    Now that's a beautiful thing right there. I have an old saw vice, but I mostly use it while modifying machetes. Same thickness of stock in many cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipeman View Post
    Just yankin your strings guys, I'd never cut up a good old saw, just beaters. ;-))

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    Thank goodness! Too few good ones left for that anyhow.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FortyTwoBlades View Post


    Thank goodness! Too few good ones left for that anyhow.
    And most of those are hanging on some "rustic" pub wall, next to a battered bugle and a stuffed animal.

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    I hate that. I hate that so much. Every time I'm in one of those place I'm always tempted to "liberate" half of the items they have up on the walls.


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    Quote Originally Posted by parbajtor View Post
    And most of those are hanging on some "rustic" pub wall, next to a battered bugle and a stuffed animal.
    Or even worse, painted with a "folk art" scene to make it look old ;-(((

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    Awesome thread. When I first saw it, I said what the hell, but now reading this, this is some great info. I have seen many of these specimens at flea markets, and can say I don't know anything about these. The one in the picture looks like a beast, a child eater. Though my old workhorse Stihl out in the garage is saying to me right now "Don't you get any ideas"................

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