OK so I am kinda diggin’ getting into more hand tools, but I have questions about hand saws.
First of all, how many? Which ones?
I have the following western saws (I’m not counting the japanese pulls saws here)
Back saw 11PPI (10TPI) – it’s an older craftsman, but… it works
Simonds 62 5-1/2 PPI (5 TPI) – ripper
Disston 8 PPI (7 TPI)
Disston 10 PPI (9TPI) – pretty shot, but can either be a practice saw for sharpening or I’ll shorten it. Plate is about 1/2 used up.
I’m not sure how much ripping I’ll ever do with that Simonds, but I’m comfortable having 1 big rip saw.
The other saws are where I have questions. Whick ones would you sharpen crosscut and which as rip?
I watched Paul Sellers and he is advocating sharpening pretty much everything as a rip tooth and I get the feeling he does it that way because it’s simpler. I would think the back saw would be filed as a rip tooth as it might see tenon cutting duty and would need to both crosscut and rip in that case. The Disstons (in my case) I can really see as mostly crosscut saws. They’re longer than the back saw (obviously) and I could see myself grabbing one of them to do a crosscut and probably never a rip as I have the Simonds.
I don’t see myself collecting a lot of different hand saws, but I could see adding a nice dovetail saw in there somewhere at some point.
Concerning sharpening and saw files:
While I’m not thrilled with the prospect of needing several different files at $6 to $8 each (in that range) it looks like I need at least 3 or 4 to cover the saws I have.
For the Simonds 5-1/2 PPI it looks like I need either a 7 regular or 7 slim depending on whose chart you’re reading.
For the Disston 10 PPI and backsaw at 11 PPI it looks like I can use a 6 Dbl Extra Slim
The Disston 8 PPI looks like either a 7 extra slim or a 6 slim
My current thoughts are to get the following saw files :
7 …regular or slim. Don’t know. It’s a bit confusing..
6 xx slim
and I need a saw set. .... sigh ....
Sound like I’m headed in the right direction? 3 files, maybe 4, and a saw set?
Simonds and back saw filed rip and the Disstons filed crosscut?