crosscut saw questions

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by centexguy, Oct 28, 2005.

  1. centexguy

    centexguy Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2004
    I want to buy a crosscut saw. I have looked at a couple old saws. One was painted, but I noticed the cutting teeth edges were not angled, like on a modern bow/limb saw. I mean there is no visible ground edge on the teeth. is this normal, and how do you sharpen one? Is there a modern version that works well?
  2. TNHermit

    TNHermit Well-Known Member Supporter

    Jul 14, 2005
    East Tenn.

  3. Cosmic

    Cosmic Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    You can buy used crosscut saws but I would not buy one that is in poor shape. Better to get a new one from that crosscut site. Those are fair prices. Plus many of the old ones the handles are in poor shape. You can check on E-Bay but normally they are way over priced.

    I have one and still use it. Normal way to sharpen is put it in a vise and use a flat file. The teeth should have a bevel to them. The rakes may also have to be touched up. You also need to have some set in the saw. There is a tool to do it but normally I do like my old man did. Use a small ball pien hammer and a small piece of steel I - Beam. Tend to err on the side of too much set, than not enough, is a bear without enough set.

    For field sharping we always just cut a grove in a log, say about half the depth of the saw and used a wooden wedge to hold the saw for a quick touch up. A good two man crew with a super sharp saw probably can beat a fellow with a chainsaw by the time he screws around with fuel and tinkering.

    Maybe a bit of a lost art but I grew up using just crosscut saws and we cut a lot of wood. My dad cut down trees for use as mine posts for a while. Just him and the lunch in the woods.