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I have an update:
Please note that this is a discussion of hand saws. I notice a reply regarding hand held circular saws. And of course it makes no sense to refile those.
I also note a reply which may be confusing thickness with width. Perhaps I used the wrong word, and when I said ‘width’, I should have said ‘height’. I mean the measurement from the teeth to the back, or spine of the plate.
After much to-and-froing, I refiled the middle thickness saw to a crosscut saw, and gave it a moderate set. I’m very happy I did. It’s nice to be able to get a faster, and better quality cut when desired. Much less work on the shooting board.
I also reset the thicker plate saw to the maximum I could. That was very interesting. I dialed the saw set to the maximum it would go, but because of the size of the teeth (8 TPI), they would only bend so far. I’m working with reclaimed fence, and deck material, so now I’m on the lookout for something with bigger teeth for ripping those 13-foot boards 😉
I left the thinnest saw as a rip, and its set it for the minimum kerf without binding too much. I’m cutting some larger tenons at the moment, and it’s nice to get close to the line with a decent finish.
Cunha, thanks. I hadn’t considered that aspect of the conversion. I have rewatched Paul’s YouTube video (https://youtu.be/_fNosQU1Ujg) on sharpening a crosscut saw, where he does actually discuss the requirement for a crosscut saw, and have decided that I may not need one after all. I have a brass back saw with crosscut teeth, and a circular saw for rough stock, and that takes care of most of my needs. When I need to cross cut material in my workshop, I’ll just use the thinner plate K3 for the sake of a smaller kerf. I am going to check the set, though, reduce that of the thinner plate saw, and increase that of the thicker D8 for the sake of speed when necessary.
I have a related question. I currently have three 26” 8 TPI Disston rip saws; a D8, and two K3’s. The D8 has a pretty thick plate, one of the K3’s has a slightly thinner plate, and the other K3 has a pretty thin plate. I don’t see the need for three rip saws, so I’d like to convert one to a crosscut saw. Which one do you suggest I convert, and why?