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#1 posted 12-03-2012 03:41 AM

there are two kinds of saws – rip and crosscut. Mostly what you find in the big box stores will be a crosscut. The teeth are filed differently on the two saw. A crosscut has to sever the fibers on either side of the blade and then remove the chip in the middle, so you’ll see the teeth sharpened alternating from right to left and at an angle.

A rip saw has teeth like chisels – the teeth are file straight across, because it cuts with the grain, it needs to only scoop out the middle, the fibers of the wood will naturally tear away at the edges.

It is possible to rip with a crosscut, but it will be very slow and guiding it is more difficult.

Look for either a saw which explicitly says it is a rip saw or find a nice used one ( warning, even used ones are fairly hard to find!)

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