Sunday 2 September 2012

Old Crosscut Saw

My work this week wasn't really blog worthy - unless you want to see pictures of plasterboarded walls!
Old crosscut saw
So instead I thought I'd blog about my latest acquisition from the car boot sale this morning - an old crosscut saw. Now I could do with a bit of advice on what the correct name is for this saw. I know a lot of this style were meant to be one or two man saws but this one is 58 1/2" long so it would be pretty tricky to use it on your own!
Front handle - notice the different teeth at the start
Handle at the back
It's in great condition, the teeth are all there and the curve of the blade looks like it's never been messed with, in fact It almost looks as though it's never been sharpened. Not bad for £4 (he wanted £5 but I haggled him down). The rust is only light on the saw as well with no pitting.
Curve of the blade
So if anyone knows the right name for the saw and the type of teeth (which I'm fairly sure I know but I'll test you all anyway) please let me know.
I'm very tempted to mount this saw on the wall going up the stairs and then just use it for special occasions!


  1. I have a smaller one that is fairly manageable.
    Here is a link:
    If you get it cleaned up and sharpened, use some kerosene or fuel oil on it during sawing, they say they used to keep a can of oil with them while sawing.

    1. Cheers for the link although this one is nearly two foot longer! I might have a go at sharpening it at some point in the future so the fuel oil tip might come in handy - although I doubt it makes the wood smell very nice!

    2. True but after using it without oil, it will have a lot of friction, when I used mine, I just put a little on the blade, no need to pour it on. I suspect that cooking spray may work as well though I have never tried it, would smell better especially if you had the butter flavor.

    3. Butter flavour would just make you hungry everytime you chucked a log on the fire though!

  2. I use a wire wheel to buff the rust off my old tools. Pure vinegar will soak it off, they say, but I've never tried it. The wire wheel has the advantage of smoothing the surface, as well as cleaning. It IS a one-man saw, I have one about the same length, one about four feet long, and another about three feet long. I believe the tooth pattern may be "Great American." I don't think it would be my pick, but you use what you have, I guess. I've always assumed the teeth at the far end were to make it easier to get the kerf started.

    1. Wire wheel in a drill is what I use when I buy these old tools and get round to doing them up. With vinegar and stuff I think its meant to re-rust pretty quick if you're not careful. As for the tooth pattern - not sure we'd call it "great American" over here, our grand fathers were far too proud to call it that! There must be an English phrase for it somewhere - crown pattern is one I came up with on goggle, which would make sense as it looks like a crown, but I think you're right as well.

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