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Forum topic by 12strings posted 11-24-2013 03:44 AM 1278 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12strings

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11-24-2013 03:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: ripping hand saw syp

So I just finished using my Stanley sharptooth hand saw to rip three 5-foot 2×10’s of southern yellow pine construction lumber into three 3-inch sections…equals 30 feet of hand sawing through 2x material.

it was a good workout, and the saw worked well despite the crosscut teeth…i never felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere…it probably took an hour, with stopping to measure and mark each cut, remove clothing as I got warmed up, and rest, and move the next board into place…having two good sawbenches made it fairly efficient.

I have 20 more feet of cuts to go, but I’ve ripped enough for the benchtop of my new bench, so I’ll probably work on that, and recover before I do the rest.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!


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#1 posted 11-24-2013 03:54 AM

I wouldn’t try it, but my dad and granddad built a barn 54 feet long, 56 feet wide and 26 feet high with hand tools. Good luck with the next 20 feet.

-- 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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#2 posted 11-24-2013 06:55 PM

Remember, at one time that all woodworking and construction was done with hand tools. Keep going!

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#3 posted 11-24-2013 09:00 PM

Time to get a table saw :-)
In 1977, I built a house in Costa Rica (all hardwoods), and made every cut with a handsaw…no electricity, no power tools, and very few skills. I built another one in down there in 1982. I was young
Wouldn’t do that again.

Those Stanley saws are sharp. Let’s see pics of the bench

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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12strings

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#4 posted 11-24-2013 09:47 PM

Bench pics will be coming, but it might not be until spring…a lot will depend on whether I can get the garage warm enough for glue-UPS.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#5 posted 11-25-2013 08:35 AM

btw, I do have a cheap craftsman tablesaw I inherited…It got though 1 foot of board before it bogged down and stopped spinning…Blew the power strip it was plugged into…any ideas what happened?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#6 posted 11-25-2013 10:39 AM

Your saw could be under powered to cut knotty 2x material, but probably not.
You might have a dull blade, or the fence might not be aligned properly with the blade.
It’s possible that the wood reacted as it was cut, and closed up the kerf, binding the blade.

You shouldn’t plug a table saw into a power strip. You should plug it directly into a wall outlet. that’s not to say that it wouldn’t have popped a breaker, but it’s less likely to do that.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#7 posted 11-25-2013 03:49 PM

Try using an old disston saw filed rip. People are always intimidated by saw sharpening, but it is really not that difficult at all. I can guarantee you that with an old disston cleaned up and sharpened your job will be much easier then with the stanley sharktooth. Oh, and you don’t have to throw it out when it gets dull :).

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12strings

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#8 posted 11-25-2013 05:37 PM

Shopdog: Are you saying that if I plug it directly in, it will power-through tough wood better…assuming I get a sharp blade and fix the loud grinding noise (probalby bearings)...you can see why I gave up and went for the hand-saw.

Wally: I’ve actually been sharpending some of my other saws for a couple years now, with good results…I’m on the lookout for a good rip saw, but haven’t come across one I really wanted yet. But perhaps you can tell me, would such a saw take about an inch per stroke out of 2x SYP? That’s about what I could get out of the Stanley…before my arm got tired, and It maybe starting to get dull.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#9 posted 11-25-2013 05:51 PM

Not necessarily more power, but less chance of shutting off.
A sharp blade will greatly improve performance
If you have bad bearings, and a grinding noise…then that would affect performance too…obviously.
I don’t know if you should waste time and $ on a beat Craftsman. Maybe time for a new saw,
or a good used one.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#10 posted 11-25-2013 08:44 PM

That’s what I”m thinking…Though I doubt I will buy a table saw…I don’t really have room for one anyway. (My shop is a 2- car garage…with 2 cars in it)

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#11 posted 11-26-2013 01:09 AM

12strings, I’m surprised you’re getting an inch per stroke with a crosscut saw on your rip cuts. Maybe the sharp tooth has a thin plate and that’s helping you out. A good rip saw tuned to softwood should get you as good or better, but what you have seems to be working. Problem is the saw gets thrown out when it’s dull. Though I have been wondering if they could be sharpened with a good diamond needle file.

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#12 posted 11-26-2013 05:14 AM

I don’t throw them out when they get dull.
Cut into strips and shaped and sharpened they make great tomato slicers.
I have 4 old Disstons. they are purty to look at.
When I want to cut something I like the Stanley Sharp Tooth or more often a Japanese pull saw.

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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