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?
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