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  • crokett
    The Full Monte
    • Jan 2003
    • 10627
    • Mebane, NC, USA.
    • Ryobi BT3000

    Good Info On Handsaws

    I have a backsaw that has a 26" or so inch blade. I got curious as to if it is filed for rip or cross cut and found this:



    It is cross-cut but I may get it refiled for rip.
    David

    The chief cause of failure in this life is giving up what you want most for what you want at the moment.
  • cabinetman
    Gone but not Forgotten RIP
    • Jun 2006
    • 15218
    • So. Florida
    • Delta

    #2
    Originally posted by crokett
    I have a backsaw that has a 26" or so inch blade. I got curious as to if it is filed for rip or cross cut and found this:



    It is cross-cut but I may get it refiled for rip.

    Pretty complete coverage on that site. Thanks for posting. Does your "backsaw" have a stiffening ridge along the top edge? For a backsaw to be 26" or so, is pretty long. Most are for precise work, like miters, tenons, and dovetails.
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    • pelligrini
      Veteran Member
      • Apr 2007
      • 4217
      • Fort Worth, TX
      • Craftsman 21829

      #3
      Yea, a backsaw would make ripping difficult.

      Good info on that site, thanks for the heads up.
      Erik

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      • crokett
        The Full Monte
        • Jan 2003
        • 10627
        • Mebane, NC, USA.
        • Ryobi BT3000

        #4
        It does have a stiffening ridge. I am not sure why it is that large, could have come from a big miter box. It is an old Monkey Wards. Including the ridge the blade is 6" tall. I also have a smaller one that is very dull that needs sharpening. I have a Disston that is filed for cross cut. Maybe I will get it filed for rip instead and keep the backsaw as a crosscut saw. The little guy could be used for tenons.
        David

        The chief cause of failure in this life is giving up what you want most for what you want at the moment.

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        • pelligrini
          Veteran Member
          • Apr 2007
          • 4217
          • Fort Worth, TX
          • Craftsman 21829

          #5
          I'd bet a big miter box for the backsaw too.

          Most of my handsaws now are japanese pull saws. I like the smaller kerf and pulling a saw through wood seems like a more efficient cutting method then pushing.
          Erik

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          • BrazosJake
            Veteran Member
            • Nov 2003
            • 1148
            • Benbrook, TX.
            • Emerson-built Craftsman

            #6
            Originally posted by pelligrini
            Yea, a backsaw would make ripping difficult.

            Good info on that site, thanks for the heads up.
            Tennon and Dovetail saws are filed rip.

            At 26" and crosscut, that is almost certainly an old mitre saw.

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