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Forum topic by jeffl posted 11-20-2009 02:19 PM 1725 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2009 02:19 PM

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I am cutting some long tenons on a timberframe shed I’m building.I made a bowsaw from a bandsaw blade and it works pretty good. I wanted to sharpen a old handsaw to use and I did, works great. I wanted to know if anyone knew the name of a good handsaw I can find and sharpen for ripping?

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 07:13 PM

I have sharpened both an old Disston and a Monkey Wards Lakeside 7pt. rip saws. Both cut well but the Disston is the better of the saws and holds it edge longer. The Lakeside saw my father bought about 1950 but the Disston is pre-WWII. I would not be afraid of buying old Disston saws if the blades are not kinked and the totes are in good shape with all the original bolts. The width of the blade at the front is an indicator of how many times the saw has been sharpened and it it is under say 2 inches I would not buy the saw as most of the usable life is gone.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 09:25 PM

I’ve sharpened Disston, Simmonds, Atkins, Bishop, Harvey Peace (US Mfg’s some pre 1900) as well as Rob’t Sorby (British). All great saws.

Atkins is my favorite Mfg of US made saws. Disston made good saws and they’re a bunch out there. I actually have 2 panel style rips of theirs I need to sell off (too many saws).

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 09:52 PM

No help on this one if it doesn’t have a cord I don’t much about hand saws.

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 03:24 AM

Good luck finding rip saws, most old saws seem to be crosscuts. A sawzall will speed it up a bunch :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 06:36 AM

All my hand saws have come from garage sales & have only cost a few bucks each. Every one has needed sharpening, setting, or both. There’s a guy in my area that does this for $15 – $20 per saw. I figure that cost plus the few bucks for the saw made it all worth while & cheaper than buying new. Disston, Simonds, C. E. Jennings & Superior are among the ones I’ve found. Don’t waste money on ones with pitted blades. The teeth can break during setting.
A good saw sharpener can re-tooth a saw from cross cut to rip in some cases if the blade is deep enough to allow for re-toothing.

After being redone, my saws are a joy to use.

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