Ive had this saw all cleaned up for quite some time but had little motivation to sharpen it until recently. I wasn’t super happy with the way that my MDF saw vice was working. There was a lot of vibration coming from the pine jaws and it sat up a bit too high to be comfortable sitting down and filing so I made me another one out of soft curly maple. Sometimes a new tool can be a good motivator.
This saw is a 26” Disston 7 crosscut at 10 ppi. It dates from 1874-1875. Its sharpened at 15 degrees rake and 25 degrees of fleam. The handle had been repaired a long time ago and it was originally held together with a screw through the bottom of the handle. I backed the screw out and epoxied it back together. I chose not to try and blend it all together and leave a bit of its history intact showing off the repair. The upper and lower horn appear to be rounded off quite a bit but it doesn’t really effect the grip too much. Not bad for being 130 years old.
-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty