handsaw -- is it worth keeping?

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Forum topic by MatthewG posted 06-05-2011 02:26 AM 1010 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2011 02:26 AM

My dad left some handsaws among his tools. One is a Atkins 7tpi, 26” blade, but appears to have been last set up as a crosscut, not a rip. The blade and handle are in reasonable shape, with no major kinks and only a few cracks in the wood.

HOWEVER, the teeth are really uneven—filed way too much from one side— and would need major work to restore them. I have never changed the profile of the teeth before.

I have no idea if I should keep this, spend the time to fix it up, or just move on. All opinions are welcome—the saw is free to a good home :)

-- Matthew, from beautiful Wisconsin USA

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 02:55 AM

First off it was your Dad’s, I’d keep it just for that reason. Check out Bob over at Logan Cabinet Shoppe. He’s done some saw filing video’s that would help answer some of your questions.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 02:58 AM

A friend of mine used an old hand saw blade to make cabinet scrapers. Works well.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#3 posted 06-05-2011 04:12 PM

Just hang it in the shop because it looks cool then think about your Dad and remember when he sent you to the work shop to get it and how it felt to be part of one of DAD’s projects!

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