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Forum topic by curliejones posted 09-05-2016 11:12 PM 642 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2016 11:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: backsaw size xl tool rehab backsaw

I picked this Craftsman backsaw up at a flea market because it needed rescuing , and I’m a sucker for a tool that needs rescuing (read cheap and shows promise). It is a 10tpi and now that I’ve de—rusted and sharpened it, it really cuts well. I have a few old panel saws that I love to reach for when I need a couple of quick cuts working on an outdoor project. Much quicker than getting out the circular saw and a cord. The saw is hefty at 25-1/4” long and has a fairly aggressive crosscut set to the teeth, so I’m not sure of the original application for it. ??Ideas, LJs??? Did folks buy a big miter saw for cutting 2 by lumber?

I have some very fine tooth Japanese saws that I intend to start using to build some small tables, but this feels like it is suitable for framing work. I intend to build a wooden miter box with 90 and (2) 45 degree angles to pair with this saw. The blade width is 4 inches up to the steel back, then another inch within. The blade is stiff and should be easy to make accurate cuts with the miter box.

A fun “save the tool” project and I’d like to know if any of you have and use one of these Big Back saws in your work, and possibly who made these for Sears.

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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 09-05-2016 11:31 PM

Looks like a saw that would have mated with a Craftsman miter box.

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#2 posted 09-05-2016 11:50 PM

What Don said. The extra length is so that when it is in the mitre box, you have a decent amount of stroke left between the posts. My mitre box can saw a board 10” wide, and at that point my 26” saw has something like 6-8” of stroke length left, which feels pretty short.

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#3 posted 09-08-2016 01:05 AM

I can’t help with who made it. I agree with the above.

Nice job on the cleanup.

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