I was sitting in the shop last night after the wife and baby went to sleep trying to suppress the inevitable Sunday night blues. You all know the feeling, another pending week of work weighing on ya. With my new saw vice made up and a bit of enthusiasm for sharpening restored, I cinched up a Disston 12 that I had in the till waiting for me to amend a poor crosscut filing I had done probably a year ago. I started in on it and about 1/4 of the way through my mind began to wander. I stopped, sat back, looked over at my till, and had a bit of a revelation.
Now, ive posted the question before as to what is a full till of handsaws? That is how many, what types, what lengths, so on and so forth. The conclusion was that there is no right or wrong answer to what you really need but it kind of dawned on me that once I finish up this 12 im only one saw away from what I could consider a full till. After years of collecting saws, reading countless articles, and learning to sharpen them, im getting dangerously close to finishing up what I had started on a long while ago.
So I figured id share a little rundown of what I will have tuned, sharpened and have ready to use in my wood butchering journey.
Disston D8 thumbhole: 26” long, 4.5 ppi. 5 degrees of rake, zero fleam
Disston D8 panel saw: 22” long 8 ppi. 7 degrees rake, zero fleam
Disston No. 12: 26” long. 10 ppi. 15 degrees rake, 25 degrees fleam
Disston No. 7 panelsaw: 22” long 10 ppi 15 degrees rake, 25 degrees fleam
Harvey Peace P45: 20” long 8 ppi (to be sharpened)
Moses Eadon brass back: 16” long, hybrid filed, 12 pi, 10 degrees rake, 15 degrees fleam
Veritas: 14”, rip filed, 12 ppi (factory filing)
Veritas: 14” crosscut filed, 14 ppi (factory filing)
Disston No.4: 12” filed rip, 12 ppi, 10 degrees of rake, zero fleam
Moulson Brothers brass back: 10” long, filed rip, 8 degrees of rake, zero fleam
That’s the full run down gang. One more hurdle left to get over and every tye of saw that I could ever want or need will be at my full disposal. Then it’ll be time to figure out what to do with the dozen or so saws ill have left kicking around the shop.
-- "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