- 11 January 2019 at 12:44 pm #554445
Lately my 12″ 11 tpi backsaw has been having problems. It is an older saw my grandfather left me. It was pretty rusty, but I cleaned it up, sharpened and set it. It is sharpened in Paul’s progressive rip pattern.
The problem I have is that the saw halts in the cut after the first two inches of the saw plate, i.e. where the actual aggressive rip pattern starts. I have tried lightening up on the cut, which helps somewhat, but does not completely resolve the issue.
Things I have also tried:
– Oiling the plate with the rag-in-a-can oiler. Again, helps, but not much.
– Reducing set on the saw with the hammer in the vice technique. Made the kerf smaller, did not resolve the issue.
– Resharpening just to make sure the saw is sharp.
I also have a 22″ Disston No.7 and an 18″ Spear and Jackson which are sharpened and set in the same manner. They have no problems halting in the cut.
Could it be the handle angle or something like that? Is the saw the problem or am I the problem?
Love is not a feeling, it's a decision you have to make everyday if you want your relationships to last11 January 2019 at 3:31 pm #554448deanbeckerParticipant
Waintin on this one. Every time i sharpen my saw it does this for awhile. If i do not put any weight on it it cuts real noice but any pressure and it bogs. I wonder if it is a high tooth. I have a real hard time seeing the fine teeth an next sharpening i am going to joint it first.11 January 2019 at 5:19 pm #554453
I just checked the saw against a straight edge. There is one high tooth, but it is about two inches from the back. So that is probably not the problem.
Love is not a feeling, it's a decision you have to make everyday if you want your relationships to last11 January 2019 at 10:55 pm #554456Peter GaffneyParticipant
I have the same problem on my dovetail saw. I found that a single tooth tip was a little more dull than the other and the saw was catching on that one tooth. Instead of having a chisel action the tooth was hitting the fibers and, instead of severing, it was acting like a plane going against the grain and lifting the fiber. This caused the little fiber to stop the whole saw from moving through. Don’t know if this solves the problem but maybe it can eliminate one more possibility and narrow your search further.16 January 2019 at 7:25 pm #554574Brian PfeiferParticipant
I had a similar problem, but it turned out to be a LOW tooth. This caused the saw to dip slightly and catch on the base of the next tooth that was significantly higher. Still haven’t fixed the problem because it’s likely going to mean I have to file the teeth down pretty far.23 January 2019 at 7:51 pm #554670
Thanks everyone for the advise.
I looked specifically at the tips of the teeth to check for dull teeth. There were a few.
Sharpened again, this time checking every tooth for flat spots. There still were a few small spots at the front of the saw, no big deal, that’s just for starting the cut anyway.
Saw cut a lot better. Still halting sometimes, but I suspect that has to do with technique more than anything else. Should improve with practice.
Love is not a feeling, it's a decision you have to make everyday if you want your relationships to last27 February 2019 at 1:07 pm #555426
I found one of Paul’s older blog entries where he mentions the saw halting in the cut.
This is the blog I am talking about: https://paulsellers.com/2011/09/hand-saw-handles-revisited/
Tonight I will try to lower the handle to see if that makes any difference. I will report back my findings.27 February 2019 at 8:44 pm #555427
Lowering the handle did the trick.
I changed nothing else and the saw now cuts beautifully.
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