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Forum topic by JSilverman posted 05-10-2011 08:31 PM 2065 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JSilverman

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05-10-2011 08:31 PM

I am seeking a new 16” tenon saw and am considering the Lie Nielsen/Wenzloff (regular or Disston 77) or Bad Axe saws…. anyone have direct comparison or opinions of these or others?

thanks
Jeff


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zfrme66

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#1 posted 05-10-2011 10:00 PM

They all make great saws,but I think that when buying a saw, one has to “feel” it in his own hand to make an accurate comparison….I have a LN and love it, but others will chime in I’m sure.

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#2 posted 05-10-2011 10:13 PM

Thay’re all fine saws, that’s for sure. I’ve got the LN and it fits my hand awkwardly. I’m a Japanese pull-saw guy, so that critique’s probably not fair. The LNs are beautiful saws but nothing compares to a vintage IMO. I couldn’t agree more with zfre66, you’ve got to hold it to know. I think fellow LJ Dan’s rehandled some Disstons. Maybe he’ll be a good source.

you know what you (and me) might consider is building your own Gramercy saw. That way you (and me) could fit the saw perfectly. Thanks for the thought!!!! :)

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JSilverman

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#3 posted 05-10-2011 10:22 PM

Thanks- trying the saws would of course be ideal- but I don’t know how one can do that when they are only available via mail order- especially the Bad Axe version which is custom built!

Bertha- the Gramercy saws are nice but I am looking for a larger (16’) tenon saw- I already have an Independence dovetail saw – rip filed- (predecesor to the Lie Nielsen) and a Wenzloff carcass saw- cross cut filed—both are wonderful tools.

I was hand cutting 12 4 inch wide tenons this weekend and thought that a longer blade sure would have been better for that job

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Bertha

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#4 posted 05-10-2011 10:27 PM

Oh boy, JS, you’re far beyond me in saw expertise. I hope I didn’t insult you with my novice recommendation. I’ve never taken to Western saws, although i admire them greatly. I’ve had my eye on the Wenzloff carcass myself. 12×4” tenons would make anyone crave length:) You sound like a guy who likes to put his hands on tools. I can’t tell you how much I can relate to and admire that.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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JSilverman

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#5 posted 05-10-2011 11:30 PM

Al,
since you may be interested in building a saw from a kit… do you know Wenzloff also sells kits to make several of their saws? Their site has been down for a while (for ordering) but you may be interested in checking it out.

http://www.wenzloffandsons.com/component/virtuemart/saw-kits-and-parts/full-saw-kits.html

Jeff

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