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Crosscut Saw Thread

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by G-pig, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    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
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    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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  2. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  3. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    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.
     
  4. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    The two-foot crosscut saw is a Disston and Sons No. 32, made that length; it has groupings of 2 teeth separated by rakers.
     
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  5. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    That's one sweet saw!
     
  6. Shotgun

    Shotgun

    Feb 3, 2006
    That's a push cut saw right?
     
  7. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    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.
     
  8. church&son

    church&son

    583
    Jan 1, 2009
    Old timers called them "misery whip saws". After spending time on them as a kid I understand why......Randy
     
  9. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    I cut them up into knives ;-)) Me bad .


    Regards

    Robin
     
  10. M3mphis

    M3mphis

    Jan 13, 2011
    OH!!! I don't even want to hear that....

    I'll trade you "misery whips" for flat stock!!!????
     
  11. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    If you cut the ones owned by people who despised them, no hard feelings. Don't mess up the good ones though.
     
  12. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    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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  13. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Exactly this! A well-sharpened saw is a joy to use...a dull one is backbreaking misery. :D 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! :eek::p
     
  14. G-pig

    G-pig

    Jul 5, 2011
    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.
     
  15. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    Just yankin your strings guys, I'd never cut up a good old saw, just beaters. ;-))

    Best regards

    Robin
     
  16. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Now that's a beautiful thing right there. :cool::thumbup: I have an old saw vice, but I mostly use it while modifying machetes. Same thickness of stock in many cases. :D

    Thank goodness! Too few good ones left for that anyhow. :D
     
  17. parbajtor

    parbajtor

    Nov 24, 2010
    And most of those are hanging on some "rustic" pub wall, next to a battered bugle and a stuffed animal.
     
  18. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    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. :mad:
     
  19. Pipeman

    Pipeman

    Dec 2, 2004
    Or even worse, painted with a "folk art" scene to make it look old ;-(((

    R
     
  20. Operator1975

    Operator1975

    Sep 24, 2010
    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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