A Semi-Sharp Saw

During my last project, I noticed that my carcase saw is not cutting quite as well as it used to, and that it can even occasionally bind in the kerf if I’m not careful. It still works pretty well after about three years since I first shaped and sharpened the teeth, though.

Independently, I decided to finally get a macro lens, and like the nerd that I am, I thought I would point it at the saw teeth to see what they look like (since these are too small for me to really want to strain my eyes on):

Remember that this is a 14TPI saw, so the area shown here is a little more than a half-inch wide. The image here translates to roughly 8x magnification on a 100dpi display. Here’s a view from an angle:

You can see that a few of the tips have gotten the slightest bit rounded. I will need to resharpen this soon, though I think I’ll take it through the next project first. It will be interesting to see how this looks when I do so, because this was basically only the second crosscut saw I ever sharpened, and I have a much finer file now.

I’m almost tempted to get a new plate and back from Mike Wenzloff, like I did for my recent joinery saw, because it would be heavier and thinner. But I don’t think I want to mess around with making new saws for now. I should at least put together that big backsaw whose parts are currently waiting for me. Oh, did I mention that I fell victim to the miter box syndrome? I’m not sure what to do about that, either.

4 thoughts on “A Semi-Sharp Saw

  1. Cool. Which miter box found you? I rather like them. They can be pretty accurate, and can shave off a very fine amount if you need them to.

    • It’s a postwar Craftsman, probably from the early 50s. The locks for the stops are not terribly beefy, but it seems to be pretty usable. The saw itself is in good shape. For $10, it seemed worthwhile–especially since it was essentially an unplanned thing; I just happened to be driving by someone with a garage sale with it on the sidewalk.

      I think it might come in handy sometime, but I do need to sharpen the saw. I’m accurate enough by hand now that I don’t feel any urgency, but it never hurts to try new things.

  2. I’ve seen those–with the big bar across the top? They’re very well made as I recall, but I can’t remember who made them. At that point I think the Stanleys and Millers Falls boxes resembled each other, and the Craftsman branding was mostly ornamental. As I’ve gotten away from powered tools, I’ve kept my miter box and still use it, mostly for carpentry. Tuned up, they’re very good for window and door frames, but you could use the depth stops on one to get perfectly uniform and parallel tenon cheeks and the like. I sharpened the saw on my first box, a Stanley 358–the original tooth pattern was just shy of a peg-tooth, which I followed, and the result was a slow but exceedingly smooth cut. You could easily do joinery right off the saw. They’re nice tools, and I’ve been picking them up whenever I see them for a reasonable price. I favor the Langdon Acmes, but any box with the same features would be a good worker IMHO.

    • Yep, that’s the one, it’s kind of an upside-down U-profile bar on the top. It’s pretty solid. I don’t know who made it, either, but one of the BAGs over here probably does.

      I think it will be an interesting tool, but it is probably going to be a while before I get around to playing with it. There’s a lot on my plate right now.

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